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Definition of "helm" []

  • Nautical The steering gear of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel. (noun)
  • A position of leadership or control: at the helm of the government. (noun)
  • To take the helm of; steer or direct. (verb-transitive)
  • A helmet. (noun)
  • To cover or furnish with a helmet. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "helm" in a sentence
  • "(_relied for himself on the help of God_), 1273. â-lýsan, w. v., _to loose, liberate_: pret.part. þâ wäs of þäm hrôran helm and byrne lungre â-lýsed (_helm and corselet were straightway loosed from him_), 1631."
  • "(_relied for himself on the help of God_), 1273. ā-lȳsan, w. v., _to loose, liberate_: pret.part. þā wæs of þǣm hrōran helm and byrne lungre ā-lȳsed (_helm and corselet were straightway loosed from him_), 1631."
  • "A family that only has brothers at the helm is the most unstable form of business enterprise."