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1. Nautical The steering gear of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
2. A position of leadership or control: at the helm of the government.
tr.v. helmed, helm·ing, helms
To take the helm of; steer or direct.
[Middle English, from Old English helma.]
helm 2(hĕlm) Archaic
tr.v. helmed, helm·ing, helms
To cover or furnish with a helmet.
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1. (Nautical Terms) nautical
a. the wheel, tiller, or entire apparatus by which a vessel is steered
b. the position of the helm: that is, on the side of the keel opposite from that of the rudder
2. a position of leadership or control (esp in the phrase at the helm)
(tr) to direct or steer
[Old English helma; related to Old Norse hjalm rudder, Old High German halmo]
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) an archaic or poetic word for helmet
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (tr) archaic or poetic to supply with a helmet
[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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a. a wheel or tiller by which a ship is steered.
b. the entire steering apparatus of a ship.
c. the angle with the fore-and-aft line made by a rudder when turned: 15-degree helm.
2. the place or post of control: A stern taskmaster was at the helm of the company.v.t.
3. to steer; direct.
[before 900; Middle English helme, Old English helma, c. Old High German helmo, halmo handle, Old Norse hjalm rudder]
1. a medieval helmet, formed as a single cylindrical piece with a flat or raised top, completely enclosing the head.v.t.
2. to furnish with a helm.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German helm, Old Norse hjālmr, Gothic hilms; akin to Old English helan to cover. See hull1]
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helm- A nautical term meaning "to steer."
See also related terms for steer.
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Past participle: helmed
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|Noun||1.||helm - steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered|
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
steering mechanism, steering system - a mechanism by which something is steered (especially a motor vehicle)
wheel - a circular helm to control the rudder of a vessel
|2.||helm - a position of leadership; "the President is at the helm of the Ship of State"|
|Verb||1.||helm - be at or take the helm of; "helm the ship"|
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noun (Nautical) tiller, wheel, rudder, steering gear I got into our dinghy while Willis took the helm.
at the helm in charge, in control, in command, directing, at the wheel, in the saddle, in the driving seat He has been at the helm of Lonrho for 31 years.
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مِقْوَد، زمام الأمور
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the wheel or handle by which a ship is steered. He asked me to take the helm (= steer the ship). roer, helmstok مِقْوَد، زمام الأمور рул leme kormidlo das Steuerruder ror πηδάλιοtimón tüür سكان ruori barreהגה पतवार kormilo kormányrúd, -kerék kemudi stÿri timone 舵 조타 장치 vairas stūre; stūresrats kemudi roerrorster د كښتى داداره كولو كړۍ ( لكه د موټر سټرينګ leme cârmă руль; штурвал kormidlo krmilo kormilo roder, rorkult พวงมาลัยเรือ dümen yekesi 舵 стерно, штурвал جہاز کی پتوار کا دستہ bánh lái 舵ˈhelmsman (ˈhelmz-) noun
a person who steers a ship. stuurman مُوَجِّه الدَّفَّه في السَّفينَه кормчия timoneiro kormidelník der Steuermann styrmand τιμονιέρης timonel tüürimees سکان دار ruorimies homme de barre הָגַאי मल्लाह kormilar kormányos juru mudi stÿrimaður timoniere 舵手 조타수 vairininkas stūrmanis jurumudi roergangerrormannsternik لارښوونكى ، اداره كونكى timoneiro cârmaci рулевой kormidelník krmar kormilar rorgängare, rorsman ผู้ควบคุมเรือ dümenci 舵手 стерновий, керманич پتوار چلانے والا người lái tàu thuỷ 舵手
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