1. The steering apparatus of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
  2. The member of the crew in charge of steering the boat.
  3. A position of leadership or control.
    the helm of the Commonwealth
  4. One at the place of direction or control; a guide; a director.
  5. A helve.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A helmet.
    • Luken sweord longe, leiden o þe helmen. — Layamon's Brut, 1275
(They drew their swords and put on their helmen.)
  1. A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. (a straw)


  1. To be a helmsman or a member of the helm; to be in charge of steering the boat.
  2. To lead (a project, etc.).

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