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[helmz-muh n] /ˈhɛlmz mən/
noun, plural helmsmen.
a person who steers a ship.
Origin of helmsman
1615-25; helm1 + 's1 + -man
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helmsmanship, noun Unabridged
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  • Steers ship under direction of ship's commander or navigating officer, or directs helmsman to steer, following designated course.
  • Within a few minutes of his arrival on the bridge, the helmsman began having difficulty steering.
  • But the first day, the helmsman had never been at a helm, and so on down the line.
  • During college she was the lookout and helmsman on a swordfish harpoon boat.
  • He leaves the helmsman on watch and he and the sailors retire.
British Dictionary definitions for helmsman


noun (pl) -men
the person at the helm who steers the ship; steersman
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Word Origin and History for helmsman

1620s, from helm (n.1) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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