steers·​man | \ ˈstirz-mən How to pronounce steersman (audio) \

Definition of steersman

: one who steers : helmsman

Examples of steersman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The steersman smiled, and pointed with his foot to where a short heavy cross-bow quarrel stuck quivering in the boards. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Arthur Conan Doyle wrote more than detective novels. Let’s not forget his more swashbuckling stories.," 15 Jan. 2020 One of the sighted paddlers is the steersman, acting as a rudder on courses filled with the narrow, 40-foot-long boats and their lateral support floats. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Local blind paddlers get set for world’s largest outrigger canoe race," 28 Aug. 2019 In addition to De Rama, Resor and Dill, the team includes Efrain Becerra Jr. and Suzanne Rouland (who is sighted), setting the pace in the front two seats, and competition steersman Rob Octavio. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Local blind paddlers get set for world’s largest outrigger canoe race," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of steersman

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Steersman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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