Helm (?), n.

See Haulm, straw.


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Helm (?), n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hjalm, and perh. to E. helve.]

1. Naut.

The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used of the tiller or wheel alone.


The place or office of direction or administration.

"The helm of the Commonwealth."



One at the place of direction or control; a steersman; hence, a guide; a director.

The helms o' the State, who care for you like fathers. Shak.

4. [Cf. Helve.]

A helve.

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

Helm amidships, when the tiller, rudder, and keel are in the same plane. -- Helm aport, when the tiller is borne over to the port side of the ship. -- Helm astarboard, when the tiller is borne to the starboard side. -- Helm alee, Helm aweather, when the tiller is borne over to the lee or to the weather side. -- Helm hard aleehard aport, hard astarboard, etc., when the tiller is borne over to the extreme limit. -- Helm port, the round hole in a vessel's counter through which the rudderstock passes. -- Helm down, helm alee. -- Helm up, helm aweather. -- To ease the helm, to let the tiller come more amidships, so as to lessen the strain on the rudder. -- To feel the helm, to obey it. -- To right the helm, to put it amidships. -- To shift the helm, to bear the tiller over to the corresponding position on the opposite side of the vessel.

Ham. Nav. Encyc.


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Helm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Helmed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Helming.]

To steer; to guide; to direct.


The business he hath helmed. Shak.

A wild wave . . . overbears the bark, And him that helms it. Tennyson.


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Helm, n. [AS. See Helmet.]


A helmet.



A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.

[Prov. Eng.]



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Helm, v. t.

To cover or furnish with a helm or helmet.

[Perh. used only as a past part. or part. adj.]

She that helmed was in starke stours. Chaucer.


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