Rudder meaning

rŭdər
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The definition of a rudder is a moveable flat and wide piece of wood or metal used for steering or directing.

An example of a rudder is what helps an aircraft direct its course from left to right.

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(figuratively) That which resembles a rudder as a guide or governor; that which guides or governs the course.
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A controlling agent or influence over direction; a guide.
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A broad, flat, movable piece of wood or metal hinged vertically at the stern of a boat or ship, used for steering.
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A movable piece attached to the vertical stabilizer of an aircraft, etc., used for controlling direction to the left or right.
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(nautical) An underwater vane used to steer a vessel. The rudder is controlled by means of a wheel, tiller or other apparatus (modern vessels can be controlled even with a joystick or an autopilot).
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(aeronautics) A control surface on the vertical stabilizer of a fixed-wing aircraft or an autogyro. On some craft, the entire vertical stabilizer comprises the rudder. The rudder is controlled by foot-operated control pedals.
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Something serving to guide, direct, or control.
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Origin of rudder

  • Middle English ruder from Old English rōther steering oar erə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English rōþor (“rudder"), from Proto-Germanic *rōþrÄ… (“rudder"; literally, "paddle, instrument for rowing"), from Proto-Germanic *rōanÄ… "to row" from Proto-Indo-European *ere-, *rÄ“- (“to row") + Proto-Germanic *-þrÄ…, *-þraz, instrumental suffix. Akin to Old English rōwan (“to row"). More at rōwan, -þor.

    From Wiktionary