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helm

noun \ ˈhelm \

Definition of helm

: helmet 1

Origin and Etymology of helm

Middle English, from Old English


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helm

verb

Definition of helm

transitive verb
: to cover or furnish with a helmet

Origin and Etymology of helm

see 1helm


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helm

noun

Definition of helm

1 a : a lever or wheel controlling the rudder of a ship for steering; broadly : the entire apparatus for steering a ship
b : position of the helm with respect to the amidships position
  • turn the helm hard alee
2 : a position of control : head
  • a new dean is at the helm of the medical school

Origin and Etymology of helm

Middle English helme, from Old English helma; akin to Old High German helmo tiller

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helm

verb

Definition of helm

transitive verb
1 : to direct (a ship) with a lever or wheel that controls the rudder : to direct (a ship) with or as if with a helm (see 3helm 1a) : steer
  • helming a schooner
2 : direct, control
  • the director has helmed many action movies

Origin and Etymology of helm

see 3helm

Other Nautical Terms



HELM Defined for Kids

helm

noun \ ˈhelm \

Definition of helm for Students

1 : a lever or wheel for steering a ship
2 : a position of control He took over the helm of the failing business.


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