- a wheel or tiller by which a ship is steered.
- the entire steering apparatus of a ship.
- the angle with the fore-and-aft line made by a rudder when turned: 15-degree helm.
- the place or post of control: A stern taskmaster was at the helm of the company.
- to steer; direct.
Origin of helm1
- Also heaume. Also called great helm. a medieval helmet, typically formed as a single cylindrical piece with a flat or raised top, completely enclosing the head.
- Archaic. a helmet.
- to furnish or cover with a helmet.
Origin of helm2
Examples from the Web for helming
During the mid-to-late 1980s, he went on an absolute tear, helming a plethora of irresistible entertainments.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper
July 27, 2014
I had no trouble signing the nudity rider because I knew that Andrew Haigh was helming the show.‘Looking’ Star Jonathan Groff Talks About His Big Gay TV Show. (And Whether We Should Call It That.)
January 16, 2014
A northern white-footed mouse was caught alive by the Helming boys in an orchard on July 16.
In another wheat field the Helming boys picked up a prairie vole.
- the wheel, tiller, or entire apparatus by which a vessel is steered
- the position of the helm: that is, on the side of the keel opposite from that of the rudder
- a position of leadership or control (esp in the phrase at the helm)
- (tr) to direct or steer
- an archaic or poetic word for helmet
- (tr) archaic, or poetic to supply with a helmet
Word Origin and History for helming
"a helmet," c.1200, from Old English helm "protection, covering; crown, helmet," and perhaps also from cognate Old Norse hjalmr, from Proto-Germanic *helmaz "protective covering," from PIE *kel- "to cover, to hide" (see cell). Italian elmo, Spanish yelmo are from Germanic.
"handle of a tiller," late 13c., from Old English helma "rudder; position of guidance, control," from Proto-Germanic *halbma- (cf. Old Norse hjalm, Old High German helmo, German Helm "handle"), from PIE *kelp- "to hold, grasp" (see helve).
Idioms and Phrases with helming
see at the helm.