- steer clear of,
- steering column,
- steering committee,
- steering gear,
- steering wheel,
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
Kim Jong Un is changing role models, steering Pyongyang away from Chinese autocrats toward the ultra-aggressive Vladimir Putin.
On Sunday morning, the meeting continued in his house, partly a debating forum, partly a steering committee.
He grabs the steering wheel tighter and stops chewing his bubble gum.
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’|Andrew Romano|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From behind the steering wheel, Abed introduced me as a journalist.
The rudder and the steering oar, for instance, are found in use together, but gradually the better drove the less good out of use.A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688|David Hannay
Steering was done from the cockpit, under shelter of an awning, but the engine control was below.The Adventure Club Afloat|Ralph Henry Barbour
Our nautical experts (who had been at sea for three weeks anyhow) opined that it was "steering" for the Diamond Fields.The Siege of Kimberley|T. Phelan
The automobile started off once more, Mr. Martin steering it down the road on the way to Silver Lake.The Curlytops at Silver Lake|Howard Roger Garis
He took hold of the steering controls and moved them experimentally.Mr. Spaceship|Philip K. Dick
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