Definition of steersman in US English:



  • A person who is steering a boat or ship.

    • ‘Each team comprises 18 paddlers, one drummer, one steersman (also called a sweep) and one flag-catcher.’
    • ‘The boat is propelled by three standing rowers and - unlike Carpaccio's fisolieri - an additional steersman.’
    • ‘A story is told about Pantai Norasingh, a steersman of the royal barge, who accidentally ran aground while taking Sanphet on an inspection tour of the river.’
    • ‘In effect, it's a guiding function to the steersman.’
    • ‘The coyote is the kybernetes, the steersman, the gardener.’
    • ‘‘Aye, captain! ‘came the reply from the burly steersman already standing between the tillers of the huge steering oars.’’
    • ‘Soon, all but the steersmen and watchmen were asleep, and the dark passage of the night slipped by, quiet, watchful, and mysterious.’
    • ‘While I was thinking about the legend and looking at the rocks, the steersman suddenly told me to hang onto my life-jacket tightly and to lie down on the raft.’
    • ‘The steersman's face by his lamp gleamed white;’
    • ‘Hebden is a steersman, not a dictator, even though it's his hand that places and defines every aspect of this music.’
    • ‘The machine is made up of ten bicycles that have been chopped up and welded together with five riders on each side and one seat in front for the steersman.’
    • ‘They are not supreme, they are steersmen only, bound to obey unconditionally the captain's orders.’
    • ‘After we were pulled aboard, the steersman headed back toward the docks.’
    • ‘If the steersman pushed the helm away from him, the rudder-blade would turn its inner side forward and the ship would swung to port.’
    • ‘Aft are the helmsmen, the best of the master steersmen.’
    • ‘The steersman's cockpit was set at the stern, just fore of the twin metal smokestacks with ornate tops.’
    navigator, helmsman, guide, coxswain
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