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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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases

helm

see at the helm.

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Example sentences
The company called on its eponymous founder and present chairman to resume the
  helm.
Sit back and relax or ask to take a turn at the helm once you have your sea
  legs.
Not every information outlet has journalists at the helm.
Even as the firm launched an internal investigation, he vowed to stay at the
  helm.
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