- The definition of helm is the steering part of a boat, or a leadership role.
- An example of a helm is where the captain steers the ship.
- An example of a helm is the role of guiding a group through a difficult time.
- Helm is defined as to steer or guide.
An example of to helm is to drive a boat.
The helm of an old sailing ship.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English from OE, protection, helmet, akin to German helm, helmet, Old English helmian, to protect from Indo-European base an unverified form el-, to cover, hide from source hull, Classical Latin celare, to hide
- the wheel or tiller by which a ship or boat is steered
- the complete steering gear, including the wheel or tiller, rudder, etc.
- the control or leadership of an organization, government, etc.
Origin: Middle English helme from Old English helma, akin to German helm, handle from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kelmo- from base an unverified form (s)kel-, to cut from source shield, Glassical Greek skallein, to dig
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- Nautical The steering gear of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
- A position of leadership or control: at the helm of the government.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English helma.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.