Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or practice of steering.
  • n. Nautical The effect of the helm on a ship.
  • n. Nautical The steering apparatus of a ship.
  • n. Nautical The section of a passenger ship, originally near the rudder, providing the cheapest passenger accommodations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art of steering.
  • n. The section of a passenger ship that provided inexpensive accomodation with no individual cabins.
  • n. The effect of the helm on a ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of steering, or directing.
  • n.
  • n. The effect of the helm on a ship; the manner in which an individual ship is affected by the helm.
  • n. The hinder part of a vessel; the stern.
  • n. Properly, the space in the after part of a vessel, under the cabin, but used generally to indicate any part of a vessel having the poorest accommodations and occupied by passengers paying the lowest rate of fare.
  • n. Direction; regulation; management; guidance.
  • n. That by which a course is directed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, practice, or method of steering; guidance; direction; control; specifically, the direction or control of a ship in her course.
  • n. That by which a course is steered or directed.
  • n. Nautical, the effect of the helm on a ship; the manner in which the ship is affected by the helm: as, she was going nine knots, with easy steerage.
  • n. A course steered; a path or way; a course of conduct, or a way of life.
  • n. A rudder; a helm; apparatus for steering; hence, a place of government or control.
  • n. The part of a ship where the tiller traverses; the stern.
  • n. In passenger-ships, the part of the ship allotted to the passengers who travel at the cheapest rate, hence called steerage passengers: generally, except in the newest type of passenger-steamers, not in the stern, as might be supposed, but in the bow; in a man-of-war, the part of the berth-deck just forward of the wardroom: it is generally divided into two apartments, one on each side, called the starboard and port steerages, which are assigned to midshipmen, clerks, and others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of steering a ship
  • n. the cheapest accommodations on a passenger ship

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Examples

  • In another five minutes we had steerage from the filled sail, and

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  • Besides, there was an equally good bunk all the way across the width of the steerage from the Chinaman's.

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  • In another five minutes we had steerage from the filled sail, and Arnold Bentham was at the steering sweep.

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  • "If she comes out of there," he said, "hard and snappy, putting us to windward of the boats, it's likely there'll be empty bunks in steerage and fo'c'sle."

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  • a few strokes, so as to give the boat what they called steerage way, that is, way through the water, so that holding the paddle in one position or the other would steer it.

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  • But only because I was flying "steerage" -- economy class.

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  • “If she comes out of there,” he said, “hard and snappy, putting us to windward of the boats, it’s likely there’ll be empty bunks in steerage and fo’c’sle.”

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  • Warren Buffet might support Obama, but he, sure as hell, won’y be in steerage class on the SS Titanic.

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  • The Twilight cast and crew are Kate Winslet and the fans are Leo Dicaprio stuck in steerage.

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