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noun \ˈstir\

Definition of steer

  1. 1 :  a male bovine animal and especially a domestic ox (Bos taurus) castrated before sexual maturity — compare stag 3

  2. 2 :  an ox less than four years old

Origin of steer

Middle English, from Old English stēor young ox; akin to Old High German stior young ox

First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms




Simple Definition of steer

  • : to control the direction in which something (such as a ship, car, or airplane) moves

  • —used to describe how easy or difficult it is to steer a vehicle

  • : to be moved or guided in a particular direction or along a particular course

Full Definition of steer

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to control the course of :  direct; especially :  to guide by mechanical means (as a rudder)

  3. 2 :  to set and hold to (a course)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to direct the course (as of a ship or automobile)

  6. 2 :  to pursue a course of action

  7. 3 :  to be subject to steering <the car steers well>

steer·able play \ˈstir-ə-bəl\ adjective
steer·er noun
steer clear
  1. :  to keep entirely away —often used with of <tries to steer clear of debt>

Examples of steer

  1. She steered the ship through the strait.

  2. He steered his car carefully into the parking space.

  3. He steered the wheelchair through the aisles.

  4. Skillful navigators can steer by the positions of the stars.

  5. The car was steering right at us.

  6. The boat steered out to sea.

  7. He tried to steer the conversation away from his recent problems.

  8. She skillfully steered the bill through the legislature.

  9. He steered the team to another championship last year.

  10. The high recent returns on stocks have steered many investors away from bonds.

Origin of steer

Middle English steren, from Old English stīeran; akin to Old English stēor- steering oar, Greek stauros stake, cross, stylos pillar, Sanskrit sthavira, sthūra stout, thick

First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of steer

guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers <guided the scouts through the cave>. lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order <led his team to victory>. steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly <steered the ship through a narrow channel>. pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course <piloted the bill through the Senate>. engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan <engineered his son's election to the governorship>.




Definition of steer

  1. :  a hint as to procedure :  tip


First Known Use of steer




Definition of steer

  1. dialect British variant of stir

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