helmsman


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helms·man

 (hĕlmz′mən)
n.
A man who steers a ship.

helms′man·ship′ n.

helmsman

(ˈhɛlmzmən)
n, pl -men
(Nautical Terms) the person at the helm who steers the ship; steersman

helms•man

(ˈhɛlmz mən)

n., pl. -men.
a person who steers a ship.
[1615–25]
helms′man•ship`, n.

helmsman

Person at the wheel or tiller.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.helmsman - the person who steers a shiphelmsman - the person who steers a ship  
coxswain, cox - the helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew
Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, gob, Jack, tar - a man who serves as a sailor
Translations
مُوَجِّه الدَّفَّه في السَّفينَه
kormidelník
styrmand
stÿrimaîur
dümenci

helmsman

[ˈhelmzməm] N (helmsmen (pl)) → timonel m

helmsman

[ˈhɛlmzmən] ntimonier m

helmsman

n pl <-men> → Steuermann m

helmsman

[ˈhɛlmzmən] n (-men (pl)) → timoniere m

helm

(helm) noun
the wheel or handle by which a ship is steered. He asked me to take the helm (= steer the ship).
ˈhelmsman (ˈhelmz-) noun
a person who steers a ship.
References in classic literature ?
The helmsman who steered by that tiller in a tempest, felt like the Tartar, when he holds back his fiery steed by clutching its jaw.
The season for the Line at length drew near; and every day when Ahab, coming from his cabin, cast his eyes aloft, the vigilant helmsman would ostentatiously handle his spokes, and the eager mariners quickly run to the braces, and would stand there with all their eyes centrally fixed on the nailed doubloon; impatient for the order to point the ship's prow for the equator.
They stood beside the helmsman at the wheel, the look-out in the bow, the officers who had the watch; dark, ghostly figures in their several stations; but every man among them hummed a Christmas tune, or had a Christmas thought, or spoke below his breath to his companion of some bygone Christmas Day, with homeward hopes belonging to it.
There was a moment of breathless suspense, then one bird loosed its hold and the huge block of stone hurtled through the air, but thanks to the presence of mind of the helmsman, who turned our ship violently in another direction, it fell into the sea close beside us, cleaving it asunder till we could nearly see the bottom.
Then in the long days on board ship, when the vessel, gliding on with security over the azure sea, required no care but the hand of the helmsman, thanks to the favorable winds that swelled her sails, Edmond, with a chart in his hand, became the instructor of Jacopo, as the poor Abbe Faria had been his tutor.
Circe, that great and cunning goddess, sent us a fair wind that blew dead aft and staid steadily with us keeping our sails all the time well filled; so we did whatever wanted doing to the ship's gear and let her go as the wind and helmsman headed her.
Jason appointed Tiphys to be helmsman because he was a star-gazer, and knew the points of the compass.
A water-logged derelict, I think, sir," said the second officer quietly, coming down from aloft with the binoculars in their case slung across his shoulders; and our captain, without a word, signed to the helmsman to steer for the black speck.
A little later I moved away from the rail to look at the compass with such a stealthy gait that the helmsman noticed it-- and I could not help noticing the unusual roundness of his eyes.
Why d'ye see, Captain Vangs,' says bold Jack, 'I'm as good a helmsman as ever put hand to spoke; but none of us can steer the old lady now.
why, I’m helmsman aboard of this here craft d’ye see, and a straight wake I’m making of it.
I saw the helmsman lunge forward upon the wheel, pulling the helm around so that the tug sheered off quickly from her course, and I recall realizing that all our efforts were to be in vain, because of all the men aboard, Fate had decreed that this one should fall first to an enemy bullet.