To ease the helm

(Naut.) to put the helm more nearly amidships, to lessen the effect on the ship, or the strain on the wheel rope.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.
to let the tiller come more amidships, so as to lessen the strain on the rudder.

See also: Ease, Helm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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