Definitions

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  • adj. Without a helm (steering apparatus of a ship).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of a helmet.
  • adj. Without a helm or rudder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no helm or steering-apparatus.
  • Without a helm or helmet.

Etymologies

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helm +‎ -less

Examples

  • With a speed he should no longer have been able to muster, the helmless one lashed out.

    A CALL TO DARKNESS

  • But like the Klingon, they were watching the helmless ones.

    A CALL TO DARKNESS

  • Still, he did not need to see the helmless corpses to remember what the marshals had done.

    A CALL TO DARKNESS

  • On the shore he waited, watched, as I plunged into the stream, helmless, without the mail or weapons I had laid aside.

    Three Against The Witch World

  • Her soul was as guileless and as ignorant as a child's; and she was stranded on life, with a large fortune, like a helmless ship, heavily loaded, that breaks from its anchor, and drives headlong upon a reef.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • From the pages of those commentators, whose imaginations have broken loose, you may cull fancies as manifold, as beautiful, and as useless as the gyrations of a helmless ship in a stormy sea.

    The Parables of Our Lord

  • -- In the midst of a stormy sea, on which night seemed fast settling down, a helmless, mastless, sailless bark lay weltering giddily, and in it sat a man in the full flower of vigorous manhood.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 35, September, 1860

  • Condulmiero was already fiercely engaged, and soon his carack was a mere unrigged helmless waterlog, only saved from instant destruction by her immense size and terrific guns, which, well aimed, low on the water, to gain the _ricochet_, did fearful mischief among the attacking galleys.

    The Story of the Barbary Corsairs

  • The action was, as a stroke, so idiotic that, although it might so easily have meant death to me, I turned half-about to where the stick pointed, as the helmless boat yawed.

    Foe-Farrell

  • Drift helmless o’er the seas, or strike the shoals!

    From "Marie De Meranie"

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