lee helm

noun

Definition of lee helm

: a helm kept somewhat alee to offset a sailing ship's tendency in some conditions to fall away from the wind to leeward the ship carries a lee helm

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“Lee helm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lee%20helm. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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