steerageway

noun
steer·​age·​way | \ ˈstir-ij-ˌwā How to pronounce steerageway (audio) \

Definition of steerageway

: a rate of motion sufficient to make a ship or boat respond to movements of the rudder

Examples of steerageway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lake officials are asking boaters to treat all lakes as a no-wake zones and proceed at a speed no greater than what is required to maintain steerageway and headway to avoid flooding nearby homes. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of steerageway

1762, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steerageway was in 1762

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“Steerageway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steerageway. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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