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Definition: To ease the helm
, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G.
helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.]
1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered,
comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used
of the tiller or wheel alone.
2. The place or office of direction or administration. “The
helm of the Commonwealth.”
3. One at the place of direction or control; a steersman;
hence, a guide; a director.
The helms o' the State, who care for you like
4. [Cf. Helve
.] A helve. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
, when the tiller, rudder, and keel are in
the same plane.
, when the tiller is borne over to the port side
of the ship.
, when the tiller is borne to the starboard
, Helm aweather
, when the tiller is borne over
to the lee or to the weather side.
Helm hard alee
, Helm hard aport
, Helm hard astarboard
etc., when the tiller is borne over to the extreme limit.
, the round hole in a vessel's counter through
which the rudderstock passes.
, helm alee.
, helm aweather.
To ease the helm
, to let the tiller come more amidships, so
as to lessen the strain on the rudder.
To feel the helm
, to obey it.
To right the helm
, to put it amidships.
To shift the helm
, to bear the tiller over to the
corresponding position on the opposite side of the vessel.
--Ham. Nav. Encyc.
([=e]z), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Eased
p. pr. & vb. n. Easing
.] [OE. esen, eisen, OF. aisier. See
1. To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses;
to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or
tranquillity to; -- often with of; as, to ease of pain; to
ease the body or mind.
Eased [from] the putting off
These troublesome disguises which we wear. --Milton.
Sing, and I 'll ease thy shoulders of thy load.
2. To render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to
My couch shall ease my complaint. --Job vii. 13.
3. To release from pressure or restraint; to move gently; to
lift slightly; to shift a little; as, to ease a bar or nut
4. To entertain; to furnish with accommodations. [Obs.]
To ease off
, To ease away
(Naut.), to slacken a rope
To ease a ship
(Naut.), to put the helm hard, or regulate
the sail, to prevent pitching when closehauled.
To ease the helm
(Naut.), to put the helm more nearly
amidships, to lessen the effect on the ship, or the strain
on the wheel rope. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Syn: To relieve; disburden; quiet; calm; tranquilize;
assuage; alleviate; allay; mitigate; appease; pacify.