helm

1
[ helm ]
/ hɛlm /
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noun

Nautical.
  1. a wheel or tiller by which a ship is steered.
  2. the entire steering apparatus of a ship.
  3. 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.

verb (used with object)

to steer; direct.

Nearby words

  1. hellman, lillian,
  2. hello,
  3. hello money,
  4. hells canyon,
  5. helluva,
  6. helm port,
  7. helmand,
  8. helmer,
  9. helmet,
  10. helmet liner

Origin of helm

1
before 900; Middle English helme, Old English helma; cognate with Middle High German halme, helm handle, Old Norse hjalm rudder

Related formshelm·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for helmless

helm

1
/ (hɛlm) /

noun

nautical
  1. the wheel, tiller, or entire apparatus by which a vessel is steered
  2. 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)

verb

(tr) to direct or steer
Derived Formshelmless, adjective

Word Origin for helm

Old English helma; related to Old Norse hjalm rudder, Old High German halmo

helm

2
/ (hɛlm) /

noun

an archaic or poetic word for helmet

verb

(tr) archaic, or poetic to supply with a helmet

Word Origin for helm

Old English helm; related to helan to cover, Old Norse hjalmr, Gothic hilms, Old High German helm helmet, Sanskrit śárman protection

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Word Origin and History for helmless
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Idioms and Phrases with helmless

helm

see at the helm.

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