1 [steer]
verb (used with object)
to guide the course of (something in motion) by a rudder, helm, wheel, etc.: to steer a bicycle.
to follow or pursue (a particular course).
to direct the course of; guide: I can steer you to the best restaurant in town.
verb (used without object)
to direct the course of a vessel, vehicle, airplane, or the like, by the use of a rudder or other means.
to pursue a course of action.
(of a vessel, vehicle, airplane, etc.) to be steered or guided in a particular direction or manner.
Informal. a suggestion about a course of action; tip: He got a good steer about finding the right job.
steer clear of, to stay away from purposely; avoid: She steered clear of any deep emotional involvements.

before 900; Middle English steren, Old English stēoran, akin to stēor steering, guidance; cognate with German steuern, Old Norse stȳra, Gothic stiurjan

steerable, adjective
steerability, noun
unsteerable, adjective Unabridged
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steer1 (stɪə)
1.  to direct the course of (a vehicle or vessel) with a steering wheel, rudder, etc
2.  (tr) to guide with tuition: his teachers steered him through his exams
3.  (tr) to direct the movements or course of (a person, conversation, etc)
4.  to pursue (a specified course)
5.  (intr) (of a vessel, vehicle, etc) to admit of being guided in a specified fashion: this boat does not steer properly
6.  steer clear of to keep away from; shun
7.  chiefly (US) information; guidance (esp in the phrase a bum steer)
[Old English stieran; related to Old Frisian stiūra, Old Norse stӯra, German stevern; see starboard, stern²]

steer2 (stɪə)
a castrated male ox or bull; bullock
[Old English stēor; related to Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur, Old High German stior, Middle Dutch stēr]

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Word Origin & History

"guide the course of a vehicle," O.E. steran (Mercian), stieran (W.Saxon), from P.Gmc. *steurijanan (cf. O.N. styra, O.Fris. stiora, Du. sturen, O.H.G. stiuren, Ger. steuern "to steer," Goth. stiurjan "to establish, assert"), related to *steuro "rudder" (cf. O.E. steor "helm, rudder," Ger. Steuer and
first element in starboard), from PIE *steu-ro- (cf. Gk. stauros "stake, pole"), from base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The notion is of a stiff, upright pillar or post used in steering. To steer clear of in the fig. sense of "to avoid completely" is recorded from 1723. Steerage (1399) was the steering apparatus of a ship before the introduction of the deck wheel; meaning "section of a ship with the cheapest accommodations" first recorded 1804. Steering committee in the U.S. political sense is recorded from 1887.

"young ox," O.E. steor "bullock," from P.Gmc. *steuraz (cf. O.S. stior, O.N. stjorr, Swed. tjur, Dan. tyr, M.Du., Du., Ger. stier, Goth. stiur "bull"), perhaps from PIE *steu-ro-, a base denoting "strength, sturdiness" (see taurus).
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