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Meaning of HELM

Pronunciation:  helm

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  1. [n]  a position of leadership; "the President is at the helm of the Ship of State"
  2. [n]  steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered

HELM is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: leadership, leading, motorboat, powerboat, sailing ship, sailing vessel, ship, steering mechanism, steering system, towboat, tower, tug, tugboat, wheel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Helm\, n.
    See {Haulm}, straw.
  2. \Helm\, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G.
    helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.]
    1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered,
       comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used
       of the tiller or wheel alone.
    2. The place or office of direction or administration. ``The
       helm of the Commonwealth.'' --Melmoth.
    3. One at the place of direction or control; a steersman;
       hence, a guide; a director.
             The helms o' the State, who care for you like
             fathers.                              --Shak.
    4. [Cf. {Helve}.] A helve. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
    {Helm amidships}, when the tiller, rudder, and keel are in
       the same plane.
    {Helm aport}, when the tiller is borne over to the port side
       of the ship.
    {Helm astarboard}, when the tiller is borne to the starboard
    {Helm alee}, {Helm aweather}, when the tiller is borne over
       to the lee or to the weather side.
    {Helm hard alee} or {hard aport}, {hard astarboard}, etc.,
       when the tiller is borne over to the extreme limit.
    {Helm port}, the round hole in a vessel's counter through
       which the rudderstock passes.
    {Helm down}, helm alee.
    {Helm up}, helm aweather.
    {To ease the helm}, to let the tiller come more amidships, so
       as to lessen the strain on the rudder.
    {To feel the helm}, to obey it.
    {To right the helm}, to put it amidships.
    {To shift the helm}, to bear the tiller over to the
       corresponding position on the opposite side of the vessel.
       --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
  3. \Helm\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Helmed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To steer; to guide; to direct. [R.]
          The business he hath helmed.             --Shak.
          A wild wave . . . overbears the bark, And him that
          helms it.                                --Tennyson.
  4. \Helm\, n. [AS. See {Helmet}.]
    1. A helmet. [Poetic]
    2. A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain. [Prov.
       Eng.] --Halliwell.
  5. \Helm\, v. t.
    To cover or furnish with a helm or helmet. [Perh. used only
    as a past part. or part. adj.]
          She that helmed was in starke stours.    --Chaucer.
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