from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The minimum rate of motion required for a ship or boat to be maneuvered by the helm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The minimum speed of a ship, below which it does not answer the helm and cannot be steered.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rate of motion through the water sufficient to render a vessel governable by the helm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, that degree of forward movement or headway of a ship which renders her subject to the helm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (nautical) the minimum rate of motion needed for a vessel to be maneuvered
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