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great helm

noun, Armor.
1.
helm2 (def 1).

helm2

[helm] /hɛlm/
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
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German helm; akin to Old English helan to cover. See hull1
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British Dictionary definitions for great-helm

helm1

/hɛlm/
noun
1.
(nautical)
  1. the wheel, tiller, or entire apparatus by which a vessel is steered
  2. 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)
verb
3.
(transitive) to direct or steer
Derived Forms
helmless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English helma; related to Old Norse hjalm rudder, Old High German halmo

helm2

/hɛlm/
noun
1.
an archaic or poetic word for helmet
verb
2.
(transitive) (archaic or poetic) to supply with a helmet
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for great-helm
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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HELM

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