from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who steers a ship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who steers.
  • noun A governor; a ruler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who steers; the helmsman of a vessel.

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  • noun nautical One who steers a ship; the helmsman.

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

  • noun the person who steers a ship


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From steer +‎ man.


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  • 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 1891

  • 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 1914

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

    South Sea Tales Jack London 1896

  • 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 1891

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

    The Book of Delight and Other Papers Israel Abrahams 1891

  • 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 Henry Rider Haggard 1890

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

    Through the Brazilian Wilderness Theodore Roosevelt 1888

  • 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 Egerton Ryerson Young 1874

  • 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 Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848 1873

  • 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 Mark Rutherford 1872


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