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,, "About 12 percent of Lake County customers without power," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of steerageway

1762, in the meaning defined above

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“Steerageway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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