from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A rudder; a helm.
- noun Government; management; mastery.
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And they entering with the holy bodies into the little boat, without oars and governail that might be seen, against the strong stream of the flood were brought unto the rivage of his cell, and there buried them in his oratory.
The Golden Legend, vol. 6 1230-1298 1900