from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who steers a ship.
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- n. One who steers a ship; the helmsman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who steers; the helmsman of a vessel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who steers.
- n. A governor; a ruler.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the person who steers a ship
The steersman is stationed at the stern, and holds in his hand the long curved handle by which the helm is worked.
In Cherries boat he himself and the steersman were the only men who paddled strongly and continuously.
He clutched the kanaka steersman with his other hand; and just at that moment the schooner flung down to starboard.
The awning that has all day roofed in the upper deck is taken down; the captain stands at the head of the steps; the steersman is at the helm; the dragoman has loaded his musket.
But if the steersman is a Rabbi into the bargain, what are one's feelings?
On the half-deck beside the steersman was the captain, a thin, keen-eyed sailor, who looked shoreward and saw the sun blaze on the golden armour of the Wanderer.
In Cherrie's boat he himself and the steersman were the only men who paddled strongly and continuously.
The man in charge was called the steersman; standing in the sharp angle of the stern, he steered the boat either by a rudder or a long oar, which he handled with great skill.
Hornblower called the steersman's attention to the menace and received a nod in return; the steersman's shouted "Nombre de Dios" was whirled away in the wind.
The boat which crosses the river may traverse obliquely the direct line to the point for which it is making, and if we reflect that perhaps a strong current besets it we shall not call the steersman a fool.