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steering

[steer-ing] /ˈstɪər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the discriminatory practice by a real estate agent of maneuvering a client from a minority group away from considering a home in a white neighborhood.
Origin of steering
1975-1980
1975-80
Related forms
self-steering, adjective

steer1

[steer] /stɪər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to guide the course of (something in motion) by a rudder, helm, wheel, etc.:
to steer a bicycle.
2.
to follow or pursue (a particular course).
3.
to direct the course of; guide:
I can steer you to the best restaurant in town.
verb (used without object)
4.
to direct the course of a vessel, vehicle, airplane, or the like, by the use of a rudder or other means.
5.
to pursue a course of action.
6.
(of a vessel, vehicle, airplane, etc.) to be steered or guided in a particular direction or manner.
noun
7.
Informal. a suggestion about a course of action; tip:
He got a good steer about finding the right job.
Idioms
8.
steer clear of, to stay away from purposely; avoid:
She steered clear of any deep emotional involvements.
Origin
before 900; Middle English steren, Old English stēoran, akin to stēor steering, guidance; cognate with German steuern, Old Norse stȳra, Gothic stiurjan
Related forms
steerable, adjective
steerability, noun
unsteerable, adjective

steer3

[steer] /stɪər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun, British Dialect
1.
stir1 .
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  • A pretty bit of steering on the part of both vessels took place until the winds and waves took command.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • Linda laid her hands on the steering wheel and started the car.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Lannes' hand pressed upon the steering rudder, and the machine, curving from its western course, turned toward the south.

    The Guns of Europe Joseph A. Altsheler
  • When last seen they were steering towards the coast of Africa.

  • Besides, we shall be having the moon up soon, and as we are steering pretty nearly east, it will show her up famously.

    The Queen's Cup G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for steering

steer1

/stɪə/
verb
1.
to direct the course of (a vehicle or vessel) with a steering wheel, rudder, etc
2.
(transitive) to guide with tuition: his teachers steered him through his exams
3.
(transitive) to direct the movements or course of (a person, conversation, etc)
4.
to pursue (a specified course)
5.
(intransitive) (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
noun
7.
(mainly US) information; guidance (esp in the phrase a bum steer)
Derived Forms
steerable, adjective
steerer, noun
Word Origin
Old English stieran; related to Old Frisian stiūra, Old Norse stӯra, German stevern; see starboard, stern²

steer2

/stɪə/
noun
1.
a castrated male ox or bull; bullock
Word Origin
Old English stēor; related to Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur, Old High German stior, Middle Dutch stēr
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Word Origin and History for steering

steer

v.

"guide the course of a vehicle," Old English steran (Mercian), stieran (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *steurijanan (cf. Old Norse styra, Old Frisian stiora, Dutch sturen, Old High German stiuren, German steuern "to steer," Gothic stiurjan "to establish, assert"), related to *steuro "a rudder, a steering" (cf. Old English steor "helm, rudder," German Steuer and first element in starboard), from PIE *steu-ro- (cf. Greek stauros "stake, pole"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

The notion is of a stiff, upright pillar or post used in steering. To steer clear of in the figurative sense of "to avoid completely" is recorded from 1723. Related: Steered; steering. Steering committee in the U.S. political sense is recorded from 1887.

n.

"young ox," Old English steor "bullock," from Proto-Germanic *steuraz (cf. Old Saxon stior, Old Norse stjorr, Swedish tjur, Danish tyr, Middle Dutch, Dutch, German stier, Gothic stiur "bull"), perhaps from PIE *steu-ro-, a root denoting "strength, sturdiness" (see taurus).

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Slang definitions & phrases for steering

steamy

adjective

Excitingly carnal; sexually arousing; hot, sexy: Hollywood's steamiest starlet (1970+)

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Idioms and Phrases with steering

steer

In addition to the idiom beginning with steer also see: bum steer
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