Helm

Definition of Helm

n.1.See Haulm, straw.
1.
1.(Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; - commonly used of the tiller or wheel alone.
2.The place or office of direction or administration.
3.One at the place of direction or control; a steersman; hence, a guide; a director.
The helms o' the State, who care for you like fathers.
- Shak.
4.A helve.
Helm amidships
when the tiller, rudder, and keel are in the same plane.
Helm aport
when the tiller is borne over to the port side of the ship.
Helm astarboard
when the tiller is borne to the starboard side.
Helm alee
when the tiller is borne over to the lee or to the weather side.
Helm hard alee
when the tiller is borne over to the extreme limit.
Helm port
the round hole in a vessel's counter through which the rudderstock passes.
Helm down
helm alee.
Helm up
helm aweather.
To ease the helm
to let the tiller come more amidships, so as to lessen the strain on the rudder.
To feel the helm
to obey it.
To right the helm
to put it amidships.
To shift the helm
to bear the tiller over to the corresponding position on the opposite side of the vessel.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.
v. t.1.To steer; to guide; to direct.
[imp. & p. p. Helmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Helming.]
The business he hath helmed.
- Shak.
A wild wave . . . overbears the bark,
And him that helms it.
- Tennyson.
n.1.A helmet.
2.A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.
v. t.1.To cover or furnish with a helm or helmet.
She that helmed was in starke stours.
- Chaucer.

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