Origin of steering
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of steer1
verb (used with or without object), noun British Dialect.
Examples from the Web for steering
Contemporary Examples of steering
Kim Jong Un is changing role models, steering Pyongyang away from Chinese autocrats toward the ultra-aggressive Vladimir Putin.Kim Jong Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off
Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2014
On Sunday morning, the meeting continued in his house, partly a debating forum, partly a steering committee.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
He grabs the steering wheel tighter and stops chewing his bubble gum.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
We could have made the production a bit more 2010s by steering it in a more generic direction.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’
May 27, 2014
From behind the steering wheel, Abed introduced me as a journalist.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
Historical Examples of steering
Linda laid her hands on the steering wheel and started the car.
He reached across and laid his hand over Linda's on the steering gear.
In the other case the moving and steering was done by turning a peg.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When last seen they were steering towards the coast of Africa.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
I was pretty good at steering them through the slips, Dering!Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
Word Origin for steer
Word Origin for steer
"guide the course of a vehicle," Old English steran (Mercian), stieran (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *steurijanan (cf. Old Norse styra, Old Frisian stiora, Dutch sturen, Old High German stiuren, German steuern "to steer," Gothic stiurjan "to establish, assert"), related to *steuro "a rudder, a steering" (cf. Old English steor "helm, rudder," German Steuer and first element in starboard), from PIE *steu-ro- (cf. Greek stauros "stake, pole"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
The notion is of a stiff, upright pillar or post used in steering. To steer clear of in the figurative sense of "to avoid completely" is recorded from 1723. Related: Steered; steering. Steering committee in the U.S. political sense is recorded from 1887.
"young ox," Old English steor "bullock," from Proto-Germanic *steuraz (cf. Old Saxon stior, Old Norse stjorr, Swedish tjur, Danish tyr, Middle Dutch, Dutch, German stier, Gothic stiur "bull"), perhaps from PIE *steu-ro-, a root denoting "strength, sturdiness" (see taurus).
In addition to the idiom beginning with steer
- steer clear of
- bum steer