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Photographic Friday: helm

1helm \’helm\ noun

  1. helmet

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old English [before 12th century]

2helm \’helm\ transitive verb

  1. to cover or furnish with a helmet

ETYMOLOGY: [before 12th century]

3helm \’helm\ noun

  1. a lever or wheel controlling the rudder of a ship for steering; broadly: the entire apparatus for steering a ship :: position of the helm with respect to the amidships position <turn the helm hard alee>
  2. a position of control; head <a new dean is at the helm of the medical school>

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English helme, from Old English helma; akin to Old High German helmo tiller [before 12th century]

4helm \’helm\ transitive verb

  1. to direct with or as if with a helm; steer
  2. direct, control <the director has helmed many action movies>


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Definition retrieved from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary on 15 May 2009.