Main definitions of helm in English

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helm1

noun

the helm
  • 1A tiller or wheel for steering a ship or boat.

    ‘she stayed at the helm, alert for tankers’
    ‘the second mate took the helm’
    • ‘In fact, the Coast Guard allowed Sea Scouts with the rank of quartermaster to take the helm of the small boat during recovery operations.’
    • ‘She followed him through a maze of bodies, up some stairs, to the helm of the ship.’
    • ‘He turned to the quarterdeck, his father falling into the helm, sending the wheel into a vigorous spin.’
    • ‘He then kidnaps Captain Pike, takes the helm of the ship and sends it on its course, leaving Kirk onboard the starbase.’
    • ‘In one memorable incident, Ritter and his bride hopped into a sailboat, and the young professor took the helm, capsizing the boat in the bay.’
    • ‘I was at the helm of the boat that day and I recall that fire vividly.’
    • ‘She turned her eyes away from Gaston and towards the helm, where the steering master was being extra cautious in his navigation of the ship, one eye on the compass at all times.’
    • ‘It's a good view from the helm of a ship, but it's not for the faint-hearted.’
    • ‘He scurried fore and aft, from the rudder to the helm, trying to keep the ship on course.’
    • ‘Mount the radar display at the helm of the boat, in clear view and within easy reach of the helmsman.’
    • ‘Jack at the helm turned the ship around and back towards the planet, but nothing was left.’
    • ‘Just a few feet in front of her she could see a hooded figure manning the helm of the ship.’
    • ‘Players will command from a first-person mode as though they were at the helm of a ship.’
    • ‘The wheelhouse contains the helm, navigation equipment and the galley with seating for a few small bums.’
    • ‘You're also encouraged to take the helm, visit the engine room or walk out on the bowsprit.’
    • ‘Ritter took the helm and steered the ship into the sea.’
    • ‘She ran back and forth between the prow and the helm, repeating orders simply because she forgot she had issued them.’
    • ‘He takes the helm of the lead ship through the night.’
    • ‘He grinned and clasped her hand on his shoulder before running and dragging her along to the helm of the ship.’
    • ‘The other side was the helm, where the ship was piloted.’
    tiller, wheel
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    1. 1.1 A position of leadership.
      ‘the chairman is to step down after four years at the helm’
      • ‘Cheney stepped down from that position in August 2000 after nearly five years at the helm of the company.’
      • ‘I am confident that she will provide strong leadership at the helm and I wish her the very best.’
      • ‘In October 1999, Marshall became one of 13 women at the helm of a state supreme court.’
      • ‘At the end of the war politicians, little aware of the new zeitgeist which pervaded the country, tried to regain the position at the helm of public affairs which they had enjoyed before the outbreak of war.’
      • ‘Gill had announced earlier this week that he wouldn't be contesting to retain his position at the helm of Indian hockey.’
      • ‘When there was talk of a change of leadership at the helm after the poll debacle, he emerged as Antony's unlikely supporter.’
      • ‘In a time of crisis, a majority of Israelis still trust Sharon to be at the helm more than any other leader.’
      • ‘His stance just let the issue grow more out of control and brought his own status at the helm of the Spanish team to an almost untenable position.’
      • ‘The new leadership, with Boris Yeltsin at the helm, took power in Russia.’
      • ‘From my perspective, the lessons from these business debacles are relatively simple - an absence of quality leadership at the helm.’
      • ‘To his credit, he was at the helm as his country industrialized.’
      • ‘In any case, you are now at the helm and the reputation of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine is in your hands.’
      • ‘The 56-year-old, who was knighted last year, has been at the helm of Scotland's National Gallery since 1984.’
      • ‘Leadership changes were recently made at the helm of three cooperative bargaining associations.’
      • ‘It was an honour to be placed at the helm, but it was more of a challenge than he was prepared for because the Telegraph was an ailing business time-warped in the 1950s.’
      • ‘It said there was strong leadership at the helm, political stability and that staff were focused on customers and well motivated.’
      • ‘Newbridge and District Chamber of Commerce has a new leader at the helm.’
      • ‘If the uprising had succeeded with these leaders at the helm, then places like this would have long since returned to the ownership of the local community.’
      • ‘The man at the helm was the MD, credit controller, editor, advertising manager and distribution manager combined.’
      • ‘It secured its director a two-picture deal with Warner Brothers and a position at the helm of the next instalment of the beleaguered Batman franchise.’
      in charge, in command, in control, responsible, at the top, in authority, in the seat of authority, at the wheel, in the driving seat, in the saddle
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    2. 1.2Nautical A helmsman.
      ‘he is a competent helm’
      • ‘The captain cut the comm link and took a deep breath, after which the helm spoke.’
      • ‘There will be boats available with experienced helms to take visitors on to the water together with safety boat cover.’
      • ‘Nine boats turned out for the J.M. Sladen Trophy race in the north lake while three helms with light-weather yachts decided to sit this one out.’
      • ‘The order was repeated once more by the Chief of the Boat to the helm and planesmen.’
      • ‘He sailed like the true champion to recover six places through the race, catching the Argentinian helm with the last surge on the finish line.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Steer (a boat or ship)

    ‘he helmed a sailing vessel’
    • ‘Even when in this position it was still possible to helm the boat from a sitting position, thus offering additional protection to anyone on board.’
    • ‘A pair of helicopters helmed by stunt pilots were set to hover about 1.6 km above the Utah desert.’
    • ‘Soon enough, as the mist subsided, Blaine and Claire found themselves staring at a speedboat, helmed by a man in sunglasses.’
    • ‘Russell stood aside to allow a long-time sailing colleague to have the honour of helming the final victory and the proprietorship of the America's Cup until the next round, in 2003.’
    • ‘Its decks crowded with the addition of the rescued resort employees, Mackenzie helmed the craft toward the Hawaiian Islands.’
    • ‘Pilgrim, helmed by Graham Tullett and expertly crewed by owner Mark Ormerod, led from start to finish over the north lake course to conclude an excellent season's results.’
    • ‘The power assisted hydraulic steering means that those with limited strength can easily helm the ship.’
    • ‘‘I thought I would have the chance to be helming the boat,’ he says, ‘but that never happened.’’
    • ‘Five boats were helmed and/or crewed by members of the club.’
    • ‘After a full day's racing, helming, sail changing and packing sails, each is keen to find avenues for sailing offshore again.’
    • ‘Robin Smith helmed his last boat, ‘Rockabill’, with his present crew, to take the overall winner's place in their class the last time this championship was held.’
    • ‘The disgraced Capt. Rolf Mueller is blackmailed by his superiors into helming a merchant ship packed with rubber cargo from Japan to Bordeaux.’
    • ‘Fifteen to 20 teams will take part, and the one who helms the first race will crew the second race.’
    • ‘He had spent the day watching his wife Lynne compete in the Beneteau Cup sailing race as part of an all-female crew helmed by Shirley Robertson, the double Olympic gold medal winner.’
    • ‘Sparrow is the former captain of the legendary Black Pearl, a notorious pirate ship, now helmed by the wily Barbossa, which has been doomed to the world of the undead by a cursed treasure.’
    • ‘The good captain Steve helms an excellent ship.’
    • ‘As we started the climb, I told the crew that they must helm the yacht very carefully on the opposite tack, as the rigging was only holding up one side of the mast.’
    • ‘While the lumber industry had been healthy, tugs had regularly navigated the notorious Gap, helmed by captains who had quickly learned how to get on the good side of the Guardian of the Bay.’
    • ‘They had a good race, and Pilgrim, helmed by Graham Tullet, the fleet's youngest helmsman, recorded its first win.’
    • ‘He sat at the ship's helm, maneuvering the large ship to avoid shots from the station.’
    steer, captain, pilot, skipper, navigate, con, helm
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    1. 1.1 Manage (an organization)
      ‘the magazine he helmed in the late eighties’
      • ‘The country currently helmed by Mr. Tony Blair is the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘Future Tense Books is a wonderful publishing house in Portland, Oregon, helmed by the unstoppable one-man publishing crew of Kevin Sampsell.’
      • ‘He swore he would helm the florist freebie magazine for a year at the most.’
      • ‘He currently helms the company responsible for managing the West Indies' hosting of cricket's premier one-day tournament, set to take place in three years' time.’
      • ‘Despite the fact he continues to helm the magazine, everyone over there seems to have thrown in the towel.’
      • ‘The ethically challenged cabinet-minister-cum-lobbyist now outrageously helms the Royal Canadian Mint.’
      • ‘These new cultural-center cafeterias - helmed by star chefs - will change your mind.’
      • ‘Witness the recent leaking of testimony from the inquiry onto Captain's Quarters, a conservative Minnesota-based blog helmed by ‘Captain Ed’ Morrissey.’
      • ‘The 26-year-old social scenester will be writing a piece for Details magazine, the Dan Peres-helmed metrosexual bible.’
      • ‘So now it's on the record label and their headliner acts to prove that they're not going down with the ship that they largely helmed for the last couple years.’
      • ‘Besotted with the theater, he created and helmed a famous drama department in a university that did little to encourage his efforts.’
      • ‘He helms all instrumental duties - from vocals, to guitar, samples, and drum programming.’
      • ‘The focal point of a loose community of struggling musicians, Sonic Deli is a recording studio/house band/indie label/music publishing company helmed by veteran local rocker Jim Armstrong.’
      • ‘The past seven World Series have been won by teams with former catchers as managers, and ex-catchers helmed 11 of 30 major league teams to start this season.’
      • ‘At 5 p.m., outrageous drag king Bob Loblaws helms a poetry slam, and the main show features a set of straight-up spoken word, a set of multimedia performance, and a set with words accompanied by music.’
      • ‘T-Bone Burnett earned his greatest renown as a producer, helming recording sessions for acts ranging from Roy Orbison to Sam Phillips.’
      • ‘As executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Melissa Johnson helms the effort to get Americans in shape.’
      • ‘In its humble beginnings, Chart was once a stark eight-page, photocopied, black-and-white fanzine helmed by people who devoted a cover to Sinead O'Connor.’
      • ‘Leftfield hip-hop producer Carlos Nino helms the street fair that only ends when the National Guardsman come.’
      • ‘The record is helmed by one-time Pixies producer Gil Norton, but it's not a point worth dwelling on, since his presence here is just as anonymous as the style of the music.’
    2. 1.2North American Direct (a film).
      • ‘One man who did take time to visit Hudson is Lord Puttnam, whose patronage led to Hudson helming Chariots Of Fire after a long apprenticeship in documentaries.’
      • ‘Franchise creator Bryan Singer jumped ship to helm Superman Returns and then British director Matthew Vaughn committed to the project only to bail out at the last minute.’
      • ‘Within a week of arriving on the French Riviera, Prince fired Lambert and decided to helm the film himself.’
      • ‘The movie is still a long way from production, as Bay plans to helm another expensive extravaganza before then.’
      • ‘Best known as Italy's premier special effects pioneer, director Mario Bava was at the absolute top of his game when he helmed the film.’
      • ‘When it comes to helming hilarious motion pictures, there is something special in those genes.’
      • ‘That show was developed by one Russell T Davies - the guy who helmed the revival of Doctor Who.’
      • ‘Jason Alexander, of ‘Seinfeld’ fame, helms the film in his second stint in the director's chair.’
      • ‘Believing the director to be an uninspired hack fresh from cutting his teeth on music videos and commercials, I was surprised to learn that he helmed a low-budget, insightful drama.’
      • ‘We do get a window into how the film was helmed from a behind-the-scenes setting.’
      • ‘This is the first film you have helmed.’
      • ‘British director, Christopher Hampton, has helmed the film, which chronicles the ‘dirty war’ that raged in Argentina during the Seventies, and which mixes magic realism with graphic scenes of torture.’
      • ‘Swedish television provides footage of him helming a scene from the movie.’
      • ‘For Bruce Paltrow, whose background is primarily in television, this is his second turn helming a feature film.’
      • ‘The original 1995 buddy-explosion-caper was helmed by Michael Bay, but there's no news whether he'll be back too.’
      • ‘It's interesting to note that all three of the recent major Marvel superhero movies have been helmed by directors whose roots are in independent cinema.’
      • ‘It was directed by Norman Jewison, who helmed an amazing number of successful movies.’
      • ‘The director, who helmed Training Day, brings out the visceral elements of Africa's emotional terrain, but is unable to bring any depth to his main characters.’
      • ‘Certainly, the fact that he helmed Penthouse magazine's infamous foray into Roman history hasn't helped his standing in the world of film.’
      • ‘This is the first time Jacobs has helmed his own film, but he has been a producer and/or assistant director for Soderbergh for more than a decade.’

Origin

Old English helma; probably related to helve.

Pronunciation

helm

/hɛlm/

Main definitions of helm in English

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helm2

noun

archaic
  • A helmet.

    • ‘The guard looked forlorn beneath the shallow visor of his helm, but he nodded resolutely.’
    • ‘The helm, the shield and the sword from Henry V's funeral were magnificently displayed, and so was the tournament and horse armour of Henry VIII.’
    • ‘They reined up next to the young travelers, and the point rider raised the visor on his helm as he looked down to them.’
    • ‘The riders stopped and one lifted the visor of his helm.’
    • ‘Andrea caught a glimpse of the rider: a slim figure, face covered with the visor of a helm.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch helm and German Helm, also to helmet, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘to cover or hide’.

Pronunciation

helm

/hɛlm/