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Meaning of STEERAGE

Pronunciation:  'steerij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of steering a ship
  2. [n]  the cheapest accommodations on a passenger ship

STEERAGE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: steering
 See Also: accommodation, control, navigation, sailing, seafaring



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Steer"age\, n.
1. The act or practice of steering, or directing; as, the
   steerage of a ship.

         He left the city, and, in a most tempestuous season,
         forsook the helm and steerage of the common wealth.

2. (Naut.)
   (a) The effect of the helm on a ship; the manner in which
       an individual ship is affected by the helm.
   (b) The hinder part of a vessel; the stern. [R.] --Swift.
   (c) Properly, the space in the after part of a vessel,
       under the cabin, but used generally to indicate any
       part of a vessel having the poorest accommodations and
       occupied by passengers paying the lowest rate of fare.

3. Direction; regulation; management; guidance.

         He that hath the steerage of my course. --Shak.

4. That by which a course is directed. [R.]

         Here he hung on high, The steerage of his wings.

{Steerage passenger}, a passenger who takes passage in the
   steerage of a vessel.