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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Dorwan turned toward the end of the pier, watching as the vessel approached with bare steerageway.
The Seastag moved slowly northward, then hove to off the southern breakwater, waiting, the paddle wheels turning just enough to keep the ship with bare steerageway.
Although the paddle wheels were beginning to pick up a slow and even rhythm, even Kharl could tell that the ship was losing headway and might soon even lose steerageway.
“Maintain bare steerageway to keep us in this area,” Tombstone said.
“Maintain station with bare steerageway, aye, sir,” the Coast Guard Officer repeated.
The Kilo was moving at steerageway just barely below the surface of the ocean, her antenna poking up above the surface for a scheduled communications break with the team ashore.
The Kilo submarine lingered ten miles away from the island, barely making steerageway through the silent ocean.
TheS-570 was making just enough turns for steerageway.
They cut their electric motors back, slowed to steerageway, and that's why they disappeared off the scopes.
The frigate slowed to five knots inside a minute, and Morris ordered a speed of three knots, bare steerageway.