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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a steering committee (=one that directs a particular activity)
power steering
▪ Most new cars now have power steering.
power-assisted steering
steer a boat
▪ He steered the boat carefully to the shore.
steer a middle course
▪ I try to steer a middle course between keeping control of the project and giving responsibility to others.
steering committee
steering wheel
▪ Throughout the world, people are steering away from history.
▪ After Philip, I decided to steer away from accountants, word processors, and other office workers.
▪ As Erica Macdonald admits, it did not take much to make the girls steer away.
▪ In other words, the annual moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator and steers away from winter.
▪ There are plenty of similar products, but steer clear of Go!
▪ He would have steered well clear of the wilder shores of analytic enquiry.
▪ Although a little apprehensive at first of steering such a large boat, we settled into it remarkably quickly.
▪ After all, those who steer the boat have far more power over its destination than those who row it.
▪ They often helped by leading the horse, setting the locks or steering the boat.
▪ I steered the boat, Herbert and Startop rowed.
▪ My driver, conscious of the danger, steered the car into a ditch.
▪ I steered the car up the on-ramp back on to the freeway.
▪ The accused got into the driver's seat, released the handbrake, and steered the car downhill for 200 yards.
▪ Other sensors will correct steering to keep your car within its lane.
▪ Whenever this happens, the onus is on you to control the call and steer the conversation to a successful conclusion.
▪ Gordon finally roused himself and tried to steer the conversation toward shallower waters.
▪ Charles consumed most of the Valpolicella and tried to steer the conversation away from anything to do with Marius Steen.
▪ Maybe he was just trying to steer the conversation away from Theresa.
▪ Over breakfast Rain would steer the conversation around to asking Tim what he was arguing about with Sabine Jourdain.
▪ Then we were supposed to steer the conversation to a safer topic.
▪ Tonight, however, she was keen to steer the conversation round to the subject of Hugh Puddephat.
▪ Suddenly he asks the helmsman what course is being steered.
▪ He immediately queried the instructions and eventually they gave him a new course to steer.
▪ In contrast, governments that put steering and rowing within the same organization limit themselves to relatively narrow strategies.
▪ When governments abdicate this steering responsibility, disaster often follows.
▪ It worked in a few places, but most governments abdicated their steering responsibilities.
▪ I drove home slowly, the sun on my hand on the steering wheel.
▪ He was starting to feel nervous; his hands stroked the steering wheel.
▪ Taking her hand, Roman steered her to a right-hand fork and she stumbled after him.
▪ In fact, a firm hand might have steered the team on the rocks.
▪ He let out a howl, and his hands flew off the steering wheel.
▪ With one hand on the hot steering wheel, you reach forward to insert the key in the ignition.
▪ The power steering on your vehicles should allow the wheel to be turned easily by one hand.
▪ The little Peugeot has all mod cons with power steering and an air bag.
▪ The power steering pump is giving me problems.
▪ The Clio 16V and RSi are also fitted with power assisted steering as standard.
▪ Sometimes he is the mariner, steering the ship of state through storm-tossed seas.
▪ He was prepared to stand watch and steer the ship for forty or fifty days or however long was necessary.
▪ The nose wheel is steered conventionally through the rudder pedals from both sides.
▪ Sometimes during the mate's watch I took the wheel and learnt to steer.
▪ There was a low deckhouse amidships with an upper wheel and emergency tiller steering from a small cockpit aft.
▪ The Clio 16V and RSi are also fitted with power assisted steering as standard.
▪ Forgiveness helps you steer round the obstacles, to grow more together.
▪ In the truck he sat on my lap, helping me steer.
▪ It can help us to steer a steady course through life.
▪ The Doctor said it was a miracle that the pilot had managed to steer the plane down at all.
▪ As governments embrace a more catalytic role, they are often forced to develop new organizations to manage the steering role.
▪ Mr Lee grabbed his father by the arm and managed to steer him back on to the sidewalk.
▪ So there's another guy trying to steer with a big, heavy sweep oar.
▪ Still, she thought she would try to steer him away from bacon and toward yogurt.
▪ Each time you should apply side-strain and try to steer him away from them.
▪ Gordon finally roused himself and tried to steer the conversation toward shallower waters.
▪ He would cling on to the craft and try to steer it.
▪ Maybe he was just trying to steer the conversation away from Theresa.
▪ I tried to steer clear of them.
▪ The best practice is to try steering a controlled wiggly course using your weight.
keep/stay/steer clear (of sb/sth)
▪ Answer Steer clear of these subjects.
▪ Even if Ranieri had secured a change in the law, however, investors would have stayed clear of mortgage bonds.
▪ He had stayed clear of the subject of religion since Christmas.
▪ Pittman advises steering clear of any influence that puts our own happiness first.
▪ The Profitboss steers clear of such indulgence, for in the end everyone pays dearly for the privilege of the few.
▪ The starters have learned to steer clear of her.
▪ Unless your home is totally dilapidated, steer clear of a complete redecoration prior to selling: it will arouse suspicion.
Steer slightly to the right as you enter the bend.
▪ Even the children had a go at steering the boat.
▪ Floyd was going to be too drunk to steer the boat.
▪ You can adjust the height of the steering wheel.
▪ However, I began to steer clear of such stories.
▪ She must steer clear of Matthew and then perhaps this ridiculous infatuation would wear off.
▪ The nose wheel is steered conventionally through the rudder pedals from both sides.
▪ Meanwhile, the tankers did neutral steers and were just blasting with their guns.
▪ That said, it's free from torque steer and is very accurate.
▪ The farmer may castrate the excess bulls, creating steers, or slaughter them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Steer \Steer\, v. i.

  1. To direct a vessel in its course; to direct one's course. ``No helmsman steers.''

  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\ (st[=e]r), n. [OE. steer, AS. ste['o]r; akin to D. & G. stier a bull, OHG. stior, Icel. stj[=o]rr, [thorn]j[=o]rr, Sw. tjur, Dan. tyr, Goth. stiur, Russ. tur', Pol. tur, Ir. & Gael. tarbh, W. tarw, L. taurus, Gr. tay^ros, Skr. sth[=u]ra strong, stout, AS. stor large, Icel. st[=o]rr, OHG. st[=u]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 \Steer\, v. t. To castrate; -- said of male calves.


Steer \Steer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steered (st[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Steering.] [OE. steeren, steren, AS. sti['e]ran, st[=y]ran, ste['o]ran; akin to OFries. stiora, stiura, D. sturen, OD. stieren, G. steuern, OHG. stiuren to direct, support, G. steuer contribution, tax, Icel. st[=y]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. stayro`s, 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.


Steer \Steer\, n. [AS. ste['o]r, sti['o]r; akin to D. stuur, G. steuer, Icel. st[=y]ri. [root]168. See Steer, v. t.] A rudder or helm. [Obs.]


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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"guide the course of a vehicle," originally by a rudder or something like it, Old English steran (Mercian), stieran (West Saxon) "steer, guide, direct; govern, rule; restrain, correct, punish," from Proto-Germanic *steurjan (cognates: Old Norse styra, Old Frisian stiora, Dutch sturen, Old High German stiuren, German steuern "to steer," Gothic stiurjan "to establish, assert"), related to *steuro "a rudder, a steering," from PIE *steu-ro- (cognates: Greek stauros "stake, pole"), extended form of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).\n

\nThe notion is of a stiff, upright pillar or post used in steering, or else perhaps "establish," hence "direct, steer." Intransitive sense also was in Old English. To steer clear of in the figurative sense of "to avoid completely" is recorded from 1723. Related: Steered; steering.


"young ox," Old English steor "bullock," from Proto-Germanic *steuraz (cognates: Old Saxon stior, Old Norse stjorr, Swedish tjur, Danish tyr, Middle Dutch, Dutch, German stier, Gothic stiur "bull"), perhaps from PIE *steu-ro-, denoting "larger domestic animal" (see taurus). In U.S. of male beef cattle of any age.


Etymology 1 n. The castrated male of cattle, especially one raised for beef production. vb. (context transitive English) To castrate (a male calf). Etymology 2

n. (context informal English) A suggestion about a course of action. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel). 2 (context transitive English) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel). 3 (context intransitive English) To be directed and governed; to take a direction, or course; to obey the helm. 4 (context transitive English) To direct a group of animals. 5 (context transitive English) To maneuver or manipulate a person or group into a place or course of action. 6 (context transitive English) To direct a conversation. 7 To conduct oneself; to take or pursue a course of action.

  1. n. an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job" [syn: tip, lead, confidential information, wind, hint]

  2. castrated bull [syn: bullock]

  1. v. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling [syn: maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise]

  2. direct (oneself) somewhere; "Steer clear of him"

  3. be a guiding force, as with directions or advice; "The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses" [syn: guide]


Steer, Steers or Steering may mean:

  • Steering, mechanism used to turn a vehicle
  • Steer or bullock, castrated male cattle
  • Ox, a steer used as a draft animal
  • "Steer" (song), song by Missy Higgins
  • Steers, South African fast food chain
  • STEER, a variant of PEST, a technique used in Business Analysis
  • Steer (surname)
  • Steers (surname)
Steer (disambiguation)
Steer (Missy Higgins song)

"Steer" is the first single from Missy Higgins' second album, On a Clear Night. The song was released in Australia on 14 April 2007 and became #1 most added track in that same week. The CD single achieved the #1 spot on the Australian Singles Chart in the first week of its CD release. It is Higgins' second #1 single, her first being her debut single " Scar" from her first album The Sound of White.

Higgins stated that the song was "about steers" and that she wrote it after overlooking the entire Southern Celestial Sphere from a bay in Western Australia.

The song has a clean, upbeat feel with vocals that ascend into many high-pitched lyrics. It has instrument backings of acoustic guitar and drums.

The song is available to listen to at the website of Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

In March 2007, Higgins gave fans the exclusive opportunity to pre-order a personally signed copy of her single 'Steer' via SMS.

Steer (surname)

Steer is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Bartholomew Steer (bap. 1568–1597), English rebel
  • Bill Steer (born 1969), British guitarist
  • Dugald Steer (born 1965), English writer
  • Frank Steer (1901–2006), American First World War veteran
  • Gary Steer (born 1970), English cricketer
  • George Steer (1909–1944), British journalist and soldier
  • Jed Steer (born 1992), English footballer
  • John Steer (1824–1918), English merchant
  • Irene Steer (1889–1947), Welsh swimmer
  • Michael Steer (born 1956), Australian academic
  • Michael Maxwell Steer, composer
  • Oscar Steer (born 2002), English actor
  • Philip Wilson Steer (1860–1942), British painter
  • Rene Steer (born 1990), English footballer
  • Ricardo Steer (born 1982), Colombian footballer
  • Serafina Steer (born 1982), English musician
  • Stanley Steer (1900–1997), Anglican bishop
  • Teri Steer (born 1975), American shot putter
  • Trevor Steer (born 1938), Australian rules footballer
  • Vincent Steer, typographer

Usage examples of "steer".

I tried to steer my thoughts toward Peter instead, a much more appetizing topic.

And shaking hands with me now will steer you arse over astragal into the salt mine.

Then Andromeda, in a perfect tempest of outrage, fishfed the entire contents of the chest: shore me of my valiant past as a steering drover ballocks a bull.

Parked near the Bartram house, Harry had suddenly discovered a tiny envelope on the steering wheel of his coupe.

But all this was of no consequence now, and Bernard steered further and further away from the liability to detect fallacies in his friend.

Rarely had Berwick seen a better-shaped coat, or a smarter beaver, or so complete a mastery of whip and ribbons, as he steered the pair at a good pace down the uneven street amid the fishcarts and country wagons.

She steered Bounder toward the house, where her uncle waited on the veranda.

A motorcar drove slowly down the street, and it was a grey De Dion Bouton, with the driver wearing a goatskin jacket and goggles, at the steering wheel.

God, dual steering oars and a square, brailed sail, he noted, shaking his head doubtfully.

The brigantine left very secretly and steered for Sicily, and it had such favorable weather that in a few days it reached the port of Palermo.

With a few modifications, more horsepower, larger chassis and steering assembly, someplace to sit .

Kicks to hypnotize a priest and tell him he is about to consummate a hypostatic union with the Lamb -- then steer a randy old sheep up his ass.

Her litigious husband had aggressively positioned himself at the steering wheel.

While Macro steered a way through the throng to the bar, Cato looked round and saw that the only place left was a rickety trestle table flanked by two benches, right by the door they had just entered.

He, too, in the puffs, climbed part way out on the outrigger, at the same time steering with both hands on a large paddle and holding the mainsheet with his foot.