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helm

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noun \ˈhelm\

Definition of helm

  1. :  helmet 1

Origin and Etymology of helm

Middle English, from Old English


First Known Use: before 12th century


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helm

verb

Definition of helm

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover or furnish with a helmet

Origin and Etymology of helm

see 1helm


First Known Use: before 12th century


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helm

noun

Definition of helm

  1. 1a :  a lever or wheel controlling the rudder of a ship for steering; broadly :  the entire apparatus for steering a shipb :  position of the helm with respect to the amidships position <turn the helm hard alee>

  2. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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helm

verb

Definition of helm

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  direct, control <the director has helmed many action movies>

Origin and Etymology of helm

see 3helm


First Known Use: 1603

Other Nautical Terms



HELM Defined for Kids

helm

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noun \ˈhelm\

Definition of helm for Students

  1. 1 :  a lever or wheel for steering a ship

  2. 2 :  a position of control <He took over the helm of the failing business.>



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