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Definitions of steer

  1. castrated bull
  2. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  3. an indication of potential opportunity; " he got a tip on the stock market"; " a good lead for a job"
  4. be a guiding force, as with directions or advice; " The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses"
  5. direct ( oneself) somewhere; " Steer clear of him"
  6. 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.
  7. To castrate; -- said of male calves.
  8. To direct the course of; to guide; to govern; -- applied especially to a vessel in the water.
  9. To direct a vessel in its course; to direct one's course.
  10. To be directed and governed; to take a direction, or course; to obey the helm; as, the boat steers easily.
  11. To conduct one's self; to take or pursue a course of action.
  12. A rudder or helm.
  13. A helmsman, a pilot.
  14. A young castrated male of the ox kind.
  15. To guide the course of; as, to steer a ship; control; direct.
  16. To guide a ship in its course; to go in a given direction guided by the helm.
  17. A young ox, esp. a castrated one from two to four years old.
  18. To direct with the helm: to guide: to govern.
  19. To direct a ship in its course: to be directed: to move.
  20. A young ox.
  21. To direct a ship with the helm; follow a course.
  22. To direct with the helm; guide.
  23. To guide ( a vessel) by means of a rudder; direct one's course.
  24. A young, especially castrated, male of the ox kind.
  25. To direct the course of a ship by a helm; to direct; to guide.
  26. To direct and govern a ship in its course; to sail; to be governed; to conduct one's self; to take or pursue a course or way.
  27. To direct; to guide; to direct and govern the course of a ship by the helm; to be directed and governed; to pursue a course.
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Usage examples for steer

  1. We had only to steer for it, to be on our right course for crossing the bar. – The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner by John Wilkinson
  2. Would you be willing to steer him through all this? – Out of the Air by Inez Haynes Irwin
  3. Between the two perplexin' duties I tried to steer as straight a course as I could, but I confess I had to steer pretty close to the wind. – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne
  4. One of them would steer the conversation and a suggestion would surface. – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt
  5. I have nothing to steer by but my ear. – Captivating Mary Carstairs by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  6. It may be you can find other lawyers competent to steer it through the channel of the law. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  7. I haven't it to steer by. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  8. It was extremely difficult to steer a middle course, but it had to be done. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. Passion ought to fill our sails, yes; but if principles don't steer we're lost!" – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  10. A steer ungrateful to the bull's embrace. – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
  11. He got it this time, consisting of a new cast, which he named Elizabeth, and a roller- chair, and he spent a full day learning how to steer himself around. – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  12. At 11. 50 A. M. the decisive signal was made " for every ship to bear down, and steer for her opposite in the enemy's line, agreeable to the 21st article of the Additional Fighting Instructions." – The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence by A. T. Mahan
  13. Even as he said it there came to him the realization that he might have to steer without that rudder in the near future. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  14. You find your way back to the Grand Central Depot and wait there, and I'll steer your son down to you, sure, as soon as I can find him- see? – Gallegher and Other Stories by Richard Harding Davis
  15. 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
  16. I guess now daddy will let me steer the car out on the road. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on an Auto Tour by Laura Lee Hope
  17. Some advised one course, and some another, but it was finally suggested that one of the English prisoners should be brought up and commanded to steer out to sea. – The Lighthouse by Robert Ballantyne
  18. I shan't go to the wine shop any more, that's all over; and I'll steer clear of Jean Ficelle. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  19. This is the shore that shall guide us, and conduct to our intended haven, that is heaven, if we set our compass by it, and steer our course accordingly. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. May he not be honestly trying to steer his way? – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
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