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helm 1

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′er n.

helm 2

 (hĕlm) Archaic
A helmet.
tr.v. helmed, helm·ing, helms
To cover or furnish with a helmet.

[Middle English, from Old English; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]
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1-17) Ares, exceeding in strength, chariot-rider, golden- helmed, doughty in heart, shield-bearer, Saviour of cities, harnessed in bronze, strong of arm, unwearying, mighty with the spear, O defence of Olympus, father of warlike Victory, ally of Themis, stern governor of the rebellious, leader of righteous men, sceptred King of manliness, who whirl your fiery sphere among the planets in their sevenfold courses through the aether wherein your blazing steeds ever bear you above the third firmament of heaven; hear me, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth
The helmsperson must have a complete understanding of sea state and the idiosyncrasies of the particular type of yacht being helmed as each will behave differently.
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