• WordNet 3.6
    • n steerage the act of steering a ship
    • n steerage the cheapest accommodations on a passenger ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Steerage Direction; regulation; management; guidance. "He that hath the steerage of my course."
    • Steerage (Naut) Properly, the space in the after part of a vessel, under the cabin, but used generally to indicate any part of a vessel having the poorest accommodations and occupied by passengers paying the lowest rate of fare.
    • Steerage That by which a course is directed. "Here he hung on high,
      The steerage of his wings."
    • Steerage The act or practice of steering, or directing; as, the steerage of a ship. "He left the city, and, in a most tempestuous season, forsook the helm and steerage of the commonwealth."
    • Steerage (Naut) The effect of the helm on a ship; the manner in which an individual ship is affected by the helm.
    • Steerage (Naut) The hinder part of a vessel; the stern.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n steerage The act, practice, or method of steering; guidance; direction; control; specifically, the direction or control of a ship in her course.
    • n steerage That by which a course is steered or directed.
    • n steerage Nautical, the effect of the helm on a ship; the manner in which the ship is affected by the helm: as, she was going nine knots, with easy steerage.
    • n steerage A course steered; a path or way; a course of conduct, or a way of life.
    • n steerage A rudder; a helm; apparatus for steering; hence, a place of government or control.
    • n steerage The part of a ship where the tiller traverses; the stern.
    • n steerage In passenger-ships, the part of the ship allotted to the passengers who travel at the cheapest rate, hence called steerage passengers: generally, except in the newest type of passenger-steamers, not in the stern, as might be supposed, but in the bow; in a man-of-war, the part of the berth-deck just forward of the wardroom: it is generally divided into two apartments, one on each side, called the starboard and port steerages, which are assigned to midshipmen, clerks, and others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Steerage act or practice of steering: the effect of a rudder on the ship: an apartment in the fore-part of a ship for passengers paying a lower rate of fare
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. steóran, stýran, to steer; Ger. steuern.


In literature:

An hour after the sun had set, the wind fell to a light air, that just kept steerage-way on the ship.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
But what was the trouble when those steerage people came on board?
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
On that he asked me how I durst order my people to fire at their boat out of the steerage.
"The True Story Book"
There are people now besieging the booking offices by the hundreds who would be glad and thankful to find room in the steerage.
"Lucile Triumphant" by Elizabeth M. Duffield
Captain Oxnard gave Lily a state-room, and the two boys were berthed in the steerage.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
I returned to Philadelphia, and with some friendly assistance, sailed, in 1850, from New York, as a steerage passenger for San Francisco.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
Oh, how must it be in the steerage!
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
So may a steerage passenger look at a millionaire if he isn't afraid.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Among the steerage passengers is a Syrian girl who much resembles his cousin Najma.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
During this scene Morton descended to the cabin and conducted his fair charge to her Gibraltar in the steerage.
"An Old Sailor's Yarns" by Nathaniel Ames

In poetry:

Of a girl doing her laundry in the steerage
Ramifies endlessly.
This is being young,
Assumption of the startled century
"How Distant" by Philip Larkin
But I’ll try my luck for a cheque Out Back,
Then a last good-bye to the bush;
For my heart’s away on the Outside Track,
On the track of the steerage push.
"The Outside Track" by Henry Lawson

In news:

In fact his original plan was to take the Titanic (steerage, for sure), but had to change his plans.