steer

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[Steer]

In defining steer, I would steer clear of complicated examples and just say: to steer is to control which direction one is going.

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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.

Noun
castrated bull

Noun
an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"

Verb
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Verb
direct (oneself) somewhere; "Steer clear of him"

Verb
be a guiding force, as with directions or advice; "The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses"

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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.

v. t.
To castrate; -- said of male calves.

n.
To direct the course of; to guide; to govern; -- applied especially to a vessel in the water.

v. i.
To direct a vessel in its course; to direct one's course.

v. i.
To be directed and governed; to take a direction, or course; to obey the helm; as, the boat steers easily.

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

v. t.
A rudder or helm.

n.
A helmsman, a pilot.


Steer

Steer , n. [OE. steer, AS. ste'a2r; akin to D. & G. stier a bull, OHG. stior, Icel. stj'd3rr, j'd3rr, Sw. tjur, Dan. tyr, Goth. stiur, Russ. tur', Pol. tur, Ir. & Gael. tarbh, W. tarw, L. taurus, Gr. , Skr. sthra strong, stout, AS. stor large, Icel. st'd3rr, OHG. stri, stiuri. 'fb168. 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

Steer, v. t. To castrate; -- said of male calves.

Steer

Steer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Steering.] [OE. steeren, steren, AS. sti'82ran, stran, ste'a2ran; akin to OFries. stiora, stiura, D. sturen, OD. stieren, G. steuren, OHG. stiuren to direct, support, G. steuer contribution, tax, Icel. stra to steer, govern,Sw. styra, Dan. styre, Goth. stiurjan to establish, AS. ste'a2r a rudder, a helm, and probably to Icel. staurr a pale, stake, Gr. , and perhaps ultimately to E. stand. 'fb168. 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.

Steer

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

Steer

Steer, n. [AS. ste'a2r, sti'a2r; akin to D. stuur, G. steuer, Icel. stri. 'fb186. See Steer, v. t.] [Written also stere.] A rudder or helm. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Steer

Steer, n. [AS. ste'a2ra. See Steer a rudder.] A helmsman, a pilot. [Obs.] Chaucer.

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.

To castrate; -- said of male calves.

To direct the course of; to guide; to govern; -- applied especially to a vessel in the water.

To direct a vessel in its course; to direct one's course.

A rudder or helm.

A helmsman, a pilot.

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Usage Examples

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.

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.

The great advance of personal computers was not the computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face, that you had control over it, that were confronted with it and could steer it.

We have that illusion that we are 'deciding' what to make a character do, in order to 'convey our message' or something like that. But, at least in my experience, you are often more like a river-rafting guide who's been paid a bonus to purposely steer your clients into the roughest possible water.

In addition to their power over government based on government financing and personal influence, bankers could steer governments in ways they wished them to go by other pressures.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

My imagination is my polestar I steer by that.

Most sailing ships take what they call trainees, who pay to be part of the crew. The Picton Castle takes people who are absolutely raw recruits. But you can't just ride along. You're learning to steer the ship, navigation you're pulling lines, keeping a lookout in the galley you're cooking.

I believe that science fiction is as profound as you want it to be or it can be very simple entertainment, and I'm all for very simple entertainment. Every now and then we all need to come home, veg-out, watch something and not think too deeply about it. It's what you want it to be. We tend to steer clear of being pedantic it's entertainment first, otherwise we'd be on a lecture circuit.

Cliches about supporting the troops are designed to distract from failed policies, policies promoted by powerful special interests that benefit from war, anything to steer the discussion away from the real reasons the war in Iraq will not end anytime soon.

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.

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