• "He steered his balloon round the Eiffel Tower."
    "He steered his balloon round the Eiffel Tower."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v steer direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    • v steer direct (oneself) somewhere "Steer clear of him"
    • v steer be a guiding or motivating force or drive "The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses"
    • n steer castrated bull
    • n steer an indication of potential opportunity "he got a tip on the stock market","a good lead for a job"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average steer reaches sexual maturity six months after birth.
    • n Steer A helmsman; a pilot.
    • n Steer A rudder or helm.
    • n Steer stēr A young male of the ox kind; especially, a common ox; a castrated taurine male from two to four years old. See the Note under Ox.
    • Steer To be directed and governed; to take a direction, or course; to obey the helm; as, the boat steers easily. "Where the wind
      Veers oft, as oft [a ship] so steers , and shifts her sail."
    • v. t Steer To castrate; -- said of male calves.
    • Steer To conduct one's self; to take or pursue a course of action.
    • Steer To direct a vessel in its course; to direct one's course. "No helmsman steers ."
    • v. t Steer To direct the course of; to guide; to govern; -- applied especially to a vessel in the water. "That with a staff his feeble steps did steer ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Two French toolmakers were the first engineers to put the engine in the front of the car. This gave the car better balance, made it easier to steer, and made it much easier to get all your luggage in.
    • steer To guide by the movements of a rudder or helm; direct and govern, as a ship on her course.
    • steer To pursue in a specified direction; direct: as, to steer one's way or course.
    • steer To guide; manage; control; govern.
    • steer To plan; contrive.
    • steer To lead; conduct; draw: as, a bunko-man steers his victim to a bunko-joint. See bunko-steerer.
    • steer To direct and govern a vessel in its course.
    • steer To direct one's course at sea; sail in a specified direction: as, the ship steers southward; he steered for Liverpool.
    • steer To answer the helm: as, the vessel steers with ease.
    • steer Figuratively, to take or pursue a course or way; hence, to direct one's conduct; conduct one's self.
    • n steer A rudder; a helm.
    • n steer A helmsman; a pilot.
    • n steer A guide; a director; a governor; a ruler.
    • n steer Guidance; direction; government; control.
    • n steer A young male of the ox kind; a bullock, especially one which has been castrated and is raised for beef. In the United States the term is extended to male beef-cattle of any age.
    • steer To make a steer of; castrate (a young bull or bull-calf).
    • n steer An obsolete or dialectal variant of stir.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Steer stēr a young ox, esp. a castrated one from two to four years old
    • v.t Steer stēr to direct with the helm: to guide: to govern
    • v.i Steer to direct a ship in its course: to be directed: to move
    • n Steer stēr a Scotch form of stir.
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  • George Washington
    “'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.”
  • Joyce Cary
    Joyce Cary
    “The will is never free -- it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car -- it can't steer.”
  • Seneca
    “If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him.”
  • Henrietta Mears
    Henrietta Mears
    “It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Give a man health and a course to steer; and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.”
  • Chuck Hillis
    Chuck Hillis
    “It's not the bulls and bears you need to avoid -- it's the bum steers.”


Steer clear of - If you steer clear of something, you avoid it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. steeren, steren, AS. stiéran, stȳran, steóran,; akin to OFries. stiora, stiura, D. sturen, OD. stieren, G. steuern, OHG. stiuren, to direct, support, G. steuer, contribution, tax, Icel. stȳra, to steer, govern, Sw. styra, Dan. styre, Goth. stiurjan, to establish, AS. steór, a rudder, a helm, and probably to Icel. staurr, a pale, stake, Gr. stayro`s, and perhaps ultimately to E. stand,. √168. Cf. Starboard Stern (n.)


In literature:

The wind, however, did not allow them to steer their course long; before night it was contrary, and they fell off three points to the northward.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Shortly afterwards she altered her course, steering for that white house.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
"The Life and Adventures of Nat Love" by Nat Love
These errors I shall steer clear of.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
It's our business to steer past 'em, lad, not to 'bout ship and steer away.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
Roy had to race off after a couple of straying steers, and had no further time for talking.
"The Boy from the Ranch" by Frank V. Webster
We had one wild pair of almost unbroken steers and a yoke of old staid oxen.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
All night we were steering south-west, making an average of eighteen knots.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The one thought of everybody seemed to be to get out of the way of the steers.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
Alcides would not steer straight, but steered us instead on the right for the very centre of the whirlpool.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Jack sat outside steering.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
As we could not get out of her way, the captain hailed, and very politely asked her to get out of ours, or rather to steer clear of us.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
I thought I saw one lowered; she is steering for this point, and it will not be long before she is here.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Vessels coming round the Horn, to make a good offing, steer for it.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
But he was still a long way off and even as Helene cried out the steer broke into a gallop.
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
Another boy, of gentle mien and sickly aspect, sat in the stern and steered.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
He clung more tightly to Steering's arms as he looked into Steering's face, then shrank back helplessly.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
He saw that the rider had halted very close to one of the steers, and a look of concern flashed into his eyes.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It will be pretty wet on board the scows now, and they'll have had to put a man on each to steer.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Cradock was steering hard in her direction.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

"I paint the hills with color,
And in my magic dome
I light the star of evening
To steer the traveller home.
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman
III. Yet should I free thee much I fear
Thou'dst idly rove,
And thy course, arch betrayer, steer
To him you love.
"Le Souhait Dangereux" by Sydney Owenson
And one king couldn't steer,
And the other, no more could he;
So they both upset
And they both got wet,
As wet as wet could be.
"Two Old Kings" by Carolyn Wells
Then clasping both her new-found sons
She bath'd their cheeks with tears;
And soon towards her brother's court
Her joyful course she steers.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Yet oft, at midnight when the Moon
Its dappled course was steering,
The Castle bell would break their sleep,
And ZORIETTO slow would creep—
To bar the wicket—fearing!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
I might — (I will not hide it) — once I might
Have lost, in the warm whirlpools of your voice,
The sense of Evil, the stern cry of Right;
But truth has steered me free, and I rejoice:
"A Loyal Woman's No" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

Compared to last week, steers were $2 to $4 lower.
Ex-financier cleverly steers Mon Ami's metamorphosis .
Role in "really bad stuff" steered the defendant to prison, judge says.
It took more than a steering wheel to set this Argentine 1932 Chevrolet BA Deluxe Sport Roadster apart from the crowd.
A federal court ruling that poker is mainly a game of skill and thus not gambling could steer Congress down the wrong path of approving Internet gaming.
Make sure you know how to steer clear.
NASA has successfully steered an empty rocket hull into the moon's south pole in a search for hidden ice.
Steering clear of generic musical distinctions in favor of empirical and emotional ones, each week Wrecklessly tells new stories about musical categories.
Ivan Seligman/Special to the Eagle (2) The Catholic Jewish Dialogue of Collier County steering committee.
When was the last time you gave your steering wheel a good cleaning.
Terror Normally Steers Clear of Times Square.
Thunderstorms will tend to form over these areas and then move southeast with the steering winds.
Parra 's three goals steer Owls to 3-2 win over William Penn.
Installing a pedestal steering system in place of your tiller affords you the opportunity to design a functional and comfortable cockpit, which is, after all, where the crew spends much of their time.

In science:

Khalili-Araghi, Free energy calculation from steered molecular dynamics simulations using Jarzynski’s equality, J.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Run Parameter Steers the reading in of parameters and switches.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Within the different files for the steering of the program via parameters and switches, a number of different data types can occur.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The code is very flexible and the user can provide many parameters through steering cards.
MC generators in CHORUS
Steering on Lie groups has been studied for a long time, and it still remains a very difficult problem in control theory .
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
One useful mathematical tool to solve steering problem is to use Pontryagin’s maximum principle, which gives a set of differential equations that have to be satisfied by the optimal tra jectory [7, 8, 9, 10].
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
This makes it possible to study the generation of quantum operations by solving a steering problem on the quotient space.
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
We present solutions here for steering on the quotient space of both U(2) and of U(4).
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
Therefore, the generation of single-qubit operations can be reduced to a steering problem on the Bloch sphere.
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
The generation of a two-qubit quantum operation can then be treated as a steering problem in this tetrahedron.
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
We have shown some examples of this steering technique , when the Hamiltonian is given in some special cases, e.g., purely nonlocal.
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
Now our control task becomes a steering problem on the Bloch sphere.
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
Under the above mapping, the initial point of this steering problem is Φ(I ) = |1i, and the final point is UT |1i, where UT is the desired target operation.
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
We show below that such simultaneous single-qubit operations are readily steered in the laboratory frame.
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians
The Bloch sphere steering technique can now be used to find the time sequences for switching between H1 and H2 .
Generation of quantum logic operations from physical Hamiltonians