a part or division of a ship, formerly the part containing the steering apparatus.
(in a passenger ship) the part or accommodations allotted to the passengers who travel at the cheapest rate.

1400–50; late Middle English sterage. See steer1, -age Unabridged
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steerage (ˈstɪərɪdʒ)
1.  the cheapest accommodation on a passenger ship, originally the compartments containing the steering apparatus
2.  an instance or the practice of steering and the effect of this on a vessel or vehicle

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Example sentences
Traveler has some tips to help you survive steerage.
We got time to clear up the steerage and forecastle, and set things to rights,
  and to overhaul our wet clothes a little.
Those traveling in steerage, however, are not integrating.
Slow-no-wake is defined as the minimum speed required to maintain steerage.
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