dis·​helm | \ dəs, (ˈ)dis+ \

Definition of dishelm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to deprive (as a person) of a helmet
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Definition of dishelm (Entry 2 of 2)

: to deprive (a ship or boat) of the rudder

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History and Etymology for dishelm

Transitive verb (1)

dis- entry 1 + helm (helmet)

Transitive verb (2)

dis- entry 1 + helm (steering apparatus)

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“Dishelm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dishelm. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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