Definitions for: Steer


[n] castrated bull
[n] an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
[v] direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
[v] direct (oneself) somewhere; "Steer clear of him"
[v] be a guiding force, as with directions or advice; "The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses"



Webster (1913) Definition: Steer, n. [OE. steer, AS. ste['o]r; akin to D. & G.
stier a bull, OHG. stior, Icel. stj[=o]rr, ?j[=o]rr, Sw.
tjur, Dan. tyr, Goth. stiur, Russ. tur', Pol. tur, Ir. &
Gael. tarbh, W. tarw, L. taurus, Gr. ?, Skr. sth?ra strong,
stout, AS. stor large, Icel. st[=o]rr, OHG. st?ri, stiuri.
[root]168. Cf. Stirk, Taurine, a.]
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, v. t.
To castrate; -- said of male calves.


Steer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steered; p. pr. & vb. n.
Steering.] [OE. steeren, steren, AS. sti['e]ran, st?ran,
ste['o]ran; akin to OFries. stiora, stiura, D. sturen, OD.
stieren, G. steuren, OHG. stiuren to direct, support, G.
steuer contribution, tax, Icel. st?ra to steer, govern,Sw.
styra, Dan. styre, Goth. stiurjan to establish, AS. ste['o]r
a rudder, a helm, and probably to Icel. staurr a pale, stake,
Gr. ?, and perhaps ultimately to E. stand. [root]168. Cf.
Starboard, Stern, n.]
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.
--Spenser.


Steer, v. i.
1. To direct a vessel in its course; to direct one's course.
``No helmsman steers.'' --Tennyson.

2. 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. --Milton.

3. To conduct one's self; to take or pursue a course of
action.


Steer, n. [AS. ste['o]r, sti['o]r; akin to D. stuur, G.
steuer, Icel. st?ri. [root]186. See Steer, v. t.] [Written
also stere.]
A rudder or helm. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Steer, n. [AS. ste['o]ra. See Steer a rudder.]
A helmsman, a pilot. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Synonyms: bullock, channelise, channelize, confidential information, direct, guide, guide, head, hint, lead, maneuver, manoeuvre, point, tip, wind

See Also: Bos taurus, canalise, canalize, cattle, channel, command, conn, control, corner, counsel, counseling, counselling, cows, direct, direction, dock, go, guidance, kine, locomote, move, navigate, oxen, park, pilot, pull over, sheer, stand out, starboard, travel

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