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[steerz-muh n] /ˈstɪərz mən/
noun, plural steersmen.
a person who steers a ship; helmsman.
a person who drives a machine.
Origin of steersman
before 1000; Middle English steresman, Old English stēoresmann, equivalent to stēor steering, helm (see steer1) + -es 's1 +man man1
Related forms
steersmanship, noun Unabridged
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  • Walter, in the other end of the boat, had not noticed the steersman before.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • In the stern sat the Indian steersman, with a rifle ready to his hand.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • The Crown Prince put down the bouquet, and proceeded to stand near the steersman.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Unfortunately, as he arrived at this conclusion a cry from the steersman roused him.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • The steersman whirled his wheel swiftly in the apparent endeavor to avert a collision.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • Cappen felt smaller than usual when he approached the steersman.

    The Valor of Cappen Varra Poul William Anderson
  • At seven o'clock, A.M. of that day, they were aroused from a lethargy by the cheering cry of the steersman, "there's a sail!"

  • The steersman climbed to the dock, to halt a pace in front of Gerda.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Apparently his words satisfied the natives, for they turned away, and walked towards the steersman.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • By and by it came to pass that nearly every pilot on the river had a steersman.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for steersman


noun (pl) -men
the helmsman of a vessel
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