American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical The steering gear of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
- n. A position of leadership or control: at the helm of the government.
- v. To take the helm of; steer or direct.
- n. A helmet.
- v. To cover or furnish with a helmet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A handle; a helve.
- n. Nautical, the handle, lever, or instrument by which the rudder is shifted; the tiller, or in large ships the wheel: sometimes extended to include the whole steering-apparatus.
- n. Hence The place or post of direction or management: as, to take the helm of affairs.
- To steer; guide; direct.
- n. A defensive cover for the head; a helmet. See helmet, now the more common form.
- n. A dark heavy cloud that rests on the brow of a mountain before a storm, while the rest of the sky is clear. Also helm-cloud and helmet.
- n. A hovel; an outhouse.
- To furnish with a helmet; cover with a helmet, as a knight.
- n. Same as halm.
- n. Said of a vessel the tendency of which is to keep coming up into the wind, and which requires that the tiller be kept more or less to windward to counteract it.
- n. archaic A helmet.
- n. nautical The steering apparatus of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
- n. maritime The member of the crew in charge of steering the boat.
- n. metaphor A position of leadership or control.
- v. To be a helmsman or a member of the helm; to be in charge of steering the boat.
- v. by extension To lead (a project, etc.).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See haulm, straw.
- n. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used of the tiller or wheel alone.
- n. The place or office of direction or administration.
- n. One at the place of direction or control; a steersman; hence, a guide; a director.
- n. Obs. or Prov. Eng. A helve.
- v. rare To steer; to guide; to direct.
- n. Poetic A helmet.
- n. Prov. Eng. A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.
- v. Perh. used only as a past part. or part. adj. To cover or furnish with a helm or helmet.
- v. be at or take the helm of
- n. steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered
- n. a position of leadership
- From Old English helma, from Proto-Germanic *helmô (“handle”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English helma.Middle English, from Old English; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(_relied for himself on the help of God_), 1273. â-lýsan, w. v., _to loose, liberate_: pret.part. þâ wäs of þäm hrôran helm and byrne lungre â-lýsed (_helm and corselet were straightway loosed from him_), 1631.”
“(_relied for himself on the help of God_), 1273. ā-lȳsan, w. v., _to loose, liberate_: pret.part. þā wæs of þǣm hrōran helm and byrne lungre ā-lȳsed (_helm and corselet were straightway loosed from him_), 1631.”
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