Definition of conn in English:


(also con)


  • Direct the steering of (a ship)

    ‘he hadn't conned anything bigger than a Boston whaler’
    • ‘Together they stood in the foretops and conned the ship in through the seething maelstrom of the equatorial current.’
    • ‘Then the lanky, bearded boatswain would take the helm while the captain conned the ship from one bridge wing or the other, with the chief engineer at his elbow’
    • ‘Why is the term ‘bridge’ used to signify the place from where a ship is conned?’


  • The action or post of conning a ship.

    ‘I quickly took the conn and restored the channel course’
    • ‘The backup conn console across from Aaron exploded in a shower of sparks.’
    • ‘Jetrel said getting out of the command chair and went over to the conn station.’
    • ‘For example, his combat information center officer and operations officer had the conn through most of the Suez transit.’
    • ‘An announcement came over the intercom: ‘QM1 Grob has the conn.’’
    • ‘Cursing at the grueling task ahead of her she took out the Panel bolt ejector and began removing the outdated panel from the conn station.’
    • ‘In season one episode one, he's simply a conn officer.’
    • ‘Now, Mr. Morton, you have the conn and I have to get back to SickBay if I'm to be there when my son is born!’
    • ‘‘Take the con,’ Saffron said, issuing what was probably the first order she'd ever given in her life.’
    • ‘As rapidly as he had walked before, he went to the Directorate, and took the conn.’
    • ‘Cameron spends most of the film at the conn of a submarine, bathed in powder-blue light.’


Early 17th century: apparently a weakened form of obsolete cond conduct, guide from Old French conduire, from Latin conducere (see conduce).