To shift the helm
Helm Helm, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used of the tiller or wheel alone. [1913 Webster]

2. The place or office of direction or administration. ``The helm of the Commonwealth.'' --Melmoth. [1913 Webster]

3. One at the place of direction or control; a steersman; hence, a guide; a director. [1913 Webster]

The helms o' the State, who care for you like fathers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. [Cf. {Helve}.] A helve. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{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 side.

{Helm alee}, {Helm aweather}, when the tiller is borne over to the lee or to the weather side.

{Helm hard alee}, {Helm hard aport}, {Helm 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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To ease the helm — Helm Helm, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; commonly used of the tiller or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To feel the helm — Helm Helm, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; commonly used of the tiller or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To right the helm — Helm Helm, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; commonly used of the tiller or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To ease the helm — Ease Ease ([=e]z), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Eased} ([=e]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Easing}.] [OE. esen, eisen, OF. aisier. See {Ease}, n.] 1. To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses; to relieve from toil or care; to give rest,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To shift the scene — Shift Shift (sh[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shifting}.] [OE. shiften, schiften, to divide, change, remove. AS. sciftan to divide; akin to LG. & D. schiften to divide, distinguish, part Icel. skipta to divide, to part,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shift the helm — phrasal : to put the tiller of a boat from starboard to port or vice versa and usually from hard over one way to hard over the other …   Useful english dictionary

  • To shift off — Shift Shift (sh[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shifting}.] [OE. shiften, schiften, to divide, change, remove. AS. sciftan to divide; akin to LG. & D. schiften to divide, distinguish, part Icel. skipta to divide, to part,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Helm — Helm, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; commonly used of the tiller or wheel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Helm alee — Helm Helm, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; commonly used of the tiller or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Helm amidships — Helm Helm, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; commonly used of the tiller or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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