Definitions

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

  • n. One who steers a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

From steer +‎ man. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The steersman is stationed at the stern, and holds in his hand the long curved handle by which the helm is worked.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • In Cherrie’s boat he himself and the steersman were the only men who paddled strongly and continuously.

    X. To the Amazon and Home; Zoological and Geographical Results of the Expedition

  • He clutched the kanaka steersman with his other hand; and just at that moment the schooner flung down to starboard.

    South Sea Tales

  • 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.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • But if the steersman is a Rabbi into the bargain, what are one's feelings?

    The Book of Delight and Other Papers

  • 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.

    The World's Desire

  • In Cherrie's boat he himself and the steersman were the only men who paddled strongly and continuously.

    Through the Brazilian Wilderness

  • 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.

    Three Boys in the Wild North Land

  • 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.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

  • 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.

    More Pages from a Journal

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