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HELM, a termination, denotes defense; as in Sighelm, victorious defense. [See Helmet.]

HELM, n.

1. The instrument by which a ship is steered, consisting of a rudder, a tiller, and in large vessels, a wheel. [See Rudder.]

2. Station of government; the place of direction or management; as, to be at the helm in the administration.

HELM, v.t. To steer; to guide; to direct. [Little used.]

1. To cover with a helmet.

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HELM, a termination, denotes defense; as in Sighelm, victorious defense. [See Helmet.]

HELM, n.

1. The instrument by which a ship is steered, consisting of a rudder, a tiller, and in large vessels, a wheel. [See Rudder.]

2. Station of government; the place of direction or management; as, to be at the helm in the administration.

HELM, v.t. To steer; to guide; to direct. [Little used.]

1. To cover with a helmet.

HELM


HELM, n.1

a termination, denotes defense; as, in Sighelm, victorious defense. [See Helmet.]


HELM, n.2 [Sax. helma; G. helm, a helm, and a helve; D. and Dan. helm; Sw. hielm; called in some dialects helmstock, which must be the tiller only; probably from the root of hold.]

  1. The instrument by which a ship is steered, consisting of a rudder, a tiller, and in large vessels, a wheel. [See Rudder.] Mar. Dict.
  2. Station of government; the place of direction or management; as, to be at the helm in the administration.

HELM, v.t.

  1. To steer; to guide; to direct. [Little used.] Shak.
  2. To cover with a helmet. Milton.

Helm
  1. See Haulm, straw.
  2. The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used of the tiller or wheel alone.
  3. To steer] to guide; to direct.

    [R.]

    The business he hath helmed. Shak.

    A wild wave . . . overbears the bark,
    And him that helms it.
    Tennyson.

  4. A helmet.

    [Poetic]
  5. To cover or furnish with a helm or helmet.

    [Perh. used only as a past part. or part. adj.]

    She that helmed was in starke stours. Chaucer.

  6. The place or office of direction or administration.

    "The helm of the Commonwealth." Melmoth.
  7. A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.

    [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
  8. One at the place of direction or control; a steersman; hence, a guide; a director.

    The helms o' the State, who care for you like fathers. Shak.

  9. A helve.

    [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

    Helm amidships, when the tiller, rudder, and keel are in the same plane. -- Helm aport, when the tiller is borne over to the port side of the ship. -- Helm astarboard, when the tiller is borne to the starboard side. -- Helm alee, Helm aweather, when the tiller is borne over to the lee or to the weather side. -- Helm hard alee or hard aport, hard astarboard, etc., when the tiller is borne over to the extreme limit. -- Helm port, the round hole in a vessel's counter through which the rudderstock passes. -- Helm down, helm alee. -- Helm up, helm aweather. -- To ease the helm, to let the tiller come more amidships, so as to lessen the strain on the rudder. -- To feel the helm, to obey it. -- To right the helm, to put it amidships. -- To shift the helm, to bear the tiller over to the corresponding position on the opposite side of the vessel. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

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Helm

HELM, a termination, denotes defense; as in Sighelm, victorious defense. [See Helmet.]

HELM, noun

1. The instrument by which a ship is steered, consisting of a rudder, a tiller, and in large vessels, a wheel. [See Rudder.]

2. Station of government; the place of direction or management; as, to be at the helm in the administration.

HELM, verb transitive To steer; to guide; to direct. [Little used.]

1. To cover with a helmet.

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