• WordNet 3.6
    • v helm be at or take the helm of "helm the ship"
    • n helm a position of leadership "the President is at the helm of the Ship of State"
    • n helm steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Helm A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.
    • Helm A helmet.
    • Helm A helve.
    • Helm One at the place of direction or control; a steersman; hence, a guide; a director. "The helms o' the State, who care for you like fathers."
    • n Helm See Haulm, straw.
    • Helm (Naut) The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used of the tiller or wheel alone.
    • Helm The place or office of direction or administration. "The helm of the Commonwealth."
    • v. t Helm To cover or furnish with a helm or helmet. "She that helmed was in starke stours."
    • v. t Helm To steer; to guide; to direct. "The business he hath helmed .""A wild wave . . . overbears the bark,
      And him that helms it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n helm A handle; a helve.
    • n helm Nautical, the handle, lever, or instrument by which the rudder is shifted; the tiller, or in large ships the wheel: sometimes extended to include the whole steering-apparatus.
    • n helm Hence The place or post of direction or management: as, to take the helm of affairs.
    • helm To steer; guide; direct.
    • n helm A defensive cover for the head; a helmet. See helmet, now the more common form.
    • n helm A dark heavy cloud that rests on the brow of a mountain before a storm, while the rest of the sky is clear. Also helm-cloud and helmet.
    • n helm A hovel; an outhouse.
    • helm To furnish with a helmet; cover with a helmet, as a knight.
    • n helm Same as halm.
    • n helm Said of a vessel the tendency of which is to keep coming up into the wind, and which requires that the tiller be kept more or less to windward to counteract it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Helm helm the instrument by which a ship is steered: the station of management or government
    • v.t Helm to direct
    • n Helm a covering of armour for the head:
    • n Helm (bot.) the hooded upper lip of certain flowers
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “The ship that will not obey the helm will have to obey the rocks.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. helme, AS. helma, rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hjālm, and perh. to E. helve,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. helmhelan, to cover; Ger. helm.


In literature:

We reduced our sail as much as possible, and Martin, as the most experienced, took the helm.
"The Boy who sailed with Blake" by W.H.G. Kingston
Weather helm is a sea term.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
The mate quitted the helm, and ran forward to throw a rope to the seamen who were struggling in the water with the wreck to leeward.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Again was the helm put up, and they narrowly escaped.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
They repaired forward with a panikin from the cask, with which they regaled themselves, while Newton stood at the helm.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The helm was put up, the sails trimmed, and the Vrow Katerina rolled heavily before the gale.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
I was on deck, and so was the first mate and another man at the helm, for we were flying right before it, and she was hard to steer.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Mind you ease the helm down when I tell you.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
The man at the helm must hear the boat go over; he might hear Smallbones cry for assistance.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
He gained the helm, which he put hard up.
"The Pirate" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

Perchance that little brook shall flow
The bulwark of some mighty realm,
Bear navies to and fro
With monarchs at their helm.
"Monday In Easter Week" by John Keble
Stand at the helm, our vessel steer,
Mighty on our side appear
Saviour, teach us to descry
Where the rocks and quicksands lie.
"Lord, Save Us, We Perish" by Augustus Montague Toplady
Then all by bonny Coldingknow,
Pitch'd palliouns took their room,
And crested helms, and spears a-rowe,
Glanced gaily through the broom.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
She turnt her face frae the drivin win'—
"Quhat's that aheid?" quo' she.
The skipper he threw himsel frae the win'
An' he brayt the helm alee.
"The Yerl O' Waterydeck" by George MacDonald
You sailed from us to them, from them to us,
Love at the prow and wisdom at the helm,
August Ambassadors, who strengthen thus
Her Rule and Realm.
"A Royal Home-Coming" by Alfred Austin
His sword was long, his lance was keen.
His shining helm afar was seen.
The countless stars of heaven's field
Were mirrored in his silver shield.
"Gil-galad" by J R R Tolkien

In news:

Jesse Helms' stranglehold on US foreign policy was a national embarrassment.
Levon Helm Band To Release Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol 3.
Helm and his band mates.
Filmmaker to helm live-action/animated pic.
The veteran executive talks to THR about being back at the helm of EMI, the company's digital music strategy and what's driving revenue these days.
The Redbirds had two 2-8 seasons with the former Indiana University offensive lineman at the helm.
Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes helms the film.
Helm plans to rent out drill to recover its cost.
WALKERTON — With Justin Bogunia ready to retire after 15 years at the helm of John Glenn football, the Falcons gave their coach at least one more week.
Ed Helms at "Le Reve -- the Dream" in the Wynn on Monday, Nov 12, 2012.
Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel-winning geneticist currently at the helm of the Royal Society and his forebears, Isaac Newton, left, and Robert Boyle.
Levon Helm, a former member of The Band, is in the final stages of his long battle with cancer.
Put yourself, for a moment, inside the mind of Jesse Helms.
Rachel Helm, left, from Seacoast helped put together an event to raise money for him.

In science:

Acknowledgment It is a pleasure to thank Mario Helm for interesting discussions.
Uniform existence of the integrated density of states for random Schr\"odinger operators on metric graphs over $\mathbb{Z}^d$
The contour is calculated following the standard isothermal halo and WIMP elastic scattering rate of Ref. using a Helm form factor, as described in Ref. .
A CF3I-based SDD Prototype for Spin-independent Dark Matter Searches
The Helm parametrization is used for the scalar nucleon form factor, and the recoil energy dependent ionization yield used is the same that in Ref Evis = 0.14(EREC)1.19 .
Direct detection of WIMPs with conventional (non-cryogenic) detectors. Experimental review
We consider the standard action of Hecke operators Tr for all primes Tr (note that we are using Tr for operators that sometimes get called Ur to be consistent with Helm’s appendix).
On isomorphisms between deformation rings and Hecke rings
He would like to thank Gebhard B¨ockle and David Helm for writing appendices to the paper.
On isomorphisms between deformation rings and Hecke rings