helms·​man | \ ˈhelmz-mən How to pronounce helmsman (audio) \

Definition of helmsman

: the person at the helm : steersman

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helmsmanship \ ˈhelmz-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce helmsmanship (audio) \ noun

Examples of helmsman in a Sentence

had a complaint and demanded to talk to the helmsman of this vast construction project, not some underling
Recent Examples on the Web Buffet praised Fed chair Jay Powell on Saturday for his forceful action, ranking him alongside Paul Volcker as one of the best central-bank helmsmen in modern history. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Will COVID-19 Cause a Zombie Apocalypse to Hit the Economy?," 5 May 2020 In the next minute, Sanchez ordered the helmsman to place the IBNS into backup mode. T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, "The Navy installed touch-screen steering systems to save money.," 20 Dec. 2019 Remembered primarily as the helmsman of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s and namesake of the Super Bowl trophy, Lombardi has been ranked as one of the top 10 greatest coaches in the history of American sports. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "3 lessons for today’s teachers and students from coach Vince Lombardi," 16 Dec. 2019 As the chief helmsman of a private preparatory school, Mr. Sturtevant was an anomaly. Washington Post, "Peter Sturtevant, charismatic Maret School headmaster, dies at 89,," 29 Oct. 2019 Co-founder and helmsman Taylor Canfield is training on a simulator and competed in SailGP’s inaugural season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Conde Nast, Cup team Stars+Stripes strike documentary deal," 8 Oct. 2019 The great helmsman recounted the youthful dissenters’ arrest and repeated the axe phraseology. David B. Moore, Quartz Africa, "The many failures and betrayals of Robert Mugabe to his people," 7 Sep. 2019 In the 1920s, his penchant for calculus combined with patient observations of helmsmen steering US battleships allowed Minorisky to figure out the mathematical theory behind proportional-integral-derivative control, or PID. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Scientists Can Finally Build Feedback Circuits in Cells," 26 July 2019 Takei felt blessed to land the role of the master helmsman. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The extraordinary trek of George Takei," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of helmsman

1590, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2020

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“Helmsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helmsman. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of helmsman

: a person (especially a man) who steers a ship or boat

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