helmed

helm

1 [helm]
noun
1.
Nautical.
a.
a wheel or tiller by which a ship is steered.
b.
the entire steering apparatus of a ship.
c.
the angle with the fore-and-aft line made by a rudder when turned: 15-degree helm.
2.
the place or post of control: A stern taskmaster was at the helm of the company.
verb (used with object)
3.
to steer; direct.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English helme, Old English helma; cognate with Middle High German halme, helm handle, Old Norse hjalm rudder

helmless, adjective
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helm

2 [helm]
noun
1.
Also, heaume. Also called great helm. a medieval helmet, typically formed as a single cylindrical piece with a flat or raised top, completely enclosing the head.
2.
Archaic. a helmet.
verb (used with object)
3.
to furnish or cover with a helmet.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German helm; akin to Old English helan to cover. See hull1

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helm1 (hɛlm)
 
n
1.  nautical
 a.  the wheel, tiller, or entire apparatus by which a vessel is steered
 b.  the position of the helm: that is, on the side of the keel opposite from that of the rudder
2.  a position of leadership or control (esp in the phrase at the helm)
 
vb
3.  (tr) to direct or steer
 
[Old English helma; related to Old Norse hjalm rudder, Old High German halmo]
 
'helmless1
 
adj

helm2 (hɛlm)
 
n
1.  an archaic or poetic word for helmet
 
vb
2.  archaic, poetic or (tr) to supply with a helmet
 
[Old English helm; related to helan to cover, Old Norse hjalmr, Gothic hilms, Old High German helm helmet, Sanskrit śárman protection]

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helm
"tiller," from O.E. helma "position of guidance, control," from P.Gmc. *khelman- (cf. O.N. hjalm, N.H.G. helm "handle").
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