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helm

Noun

1 steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered
2 a position of leadership; "the President is at the helm of the Ship of State"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Helm

English

Pronunciation

  • , /helm/, /helm/

Etymology 1

helma, from khelman = "handle"

Noun

  1. The steering apparatus of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
  2. In the context of "maritime": The member of the crew in charge of steering the boat.
  3. In the context of "metaphor": A position of leadership or control.
Derived terms
Translations
steering apparatus of a ship

Verb

  1. To be a helmsman or a member of the helm; to be in charge of steering the boat.

Etymology 2

Old English helm, Common Germanic *helmo-z, from PIE *kelmo-s.

Noun

  1. A helmet.

Albanian

Noun

  1. poison

Dutch

Etymology

Common Germanic *helmaz

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. helmet

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic *helmoz

Noun

helm m

Old High German

Etymology

Common Germanic *helmoz (Modern German Helm)

Noun

helm m

Extensive Definition

Helm may refer to:

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Other

Music

Fiction

See also

helm in German: Helm (Begriffsklärung)
helm in Dutch: Helm
helm in Polish: Koło sterowe

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

automatic pilot, bench, chair, chairmanship, chart a course, claws, clutches, command, cond, conn, control, coxswain, curule chair, dais, direct, directorship, domination, dominion, grasp, grip, gripe, guide, gyroscopic pilot, hand, handle, hands, have the conn, hold, iron hand, jurisdiction, leadership, lever pilot, manage, mastership, mastery, navigate, operate, pilot, power, presidency, reins, reins of government, rudder, rule, run, saddle, seat, seat of power, seat of state, shape a course, steer, talons, tiller, weather helm, wheel, woolsack
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