self-steering, adjective Unabridged


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


3 [steer]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun British Dialect.
stir1. 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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Example sentences
But now that more diners are steering clear of red meat, you might not want to
  offer beef alone.
Steering her was futile, and the vessel slid slowly down the wall of the gyre.
Other paddles from six and one half feet to eight and one half feet should be
  provided for steering oars.
Tail feathers paddle, steering gently in three dimensions.
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