steer·​age·​way ˈstir-ij-ˌwā How to pronounce steerageway (audio)
: 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,, 15 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steerageway was in 1762

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“Steerageway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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