There are 2 main definitions of helm in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɛlm
 
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noun

(the helm)
1A tiller or wheel for steering a ship or boat: she stayed at the helm, alert for tankers the second mate took the helm
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  • In fact, the Coast Guard allowed Sea Scouts with the rank of quartermaster to take the helm of the small boat during recovery operations.
  • He turned to the quarterdeck, his father falling into the helm, sending the wheel into a vigorous spin.
  • The other side was the helm, where the ship was piloted.
Synonyms
tiller, wheel;
steering gear, rudder
1.1A position of leadership: the chairman is to step down after four years at the helm
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  • It secured its director a two-picture deal with Warner Brothers and a position at the helm of the next instalment of the beleaguered Batman franchise.
  • When there was talk of a change of leadership at the helm after the poll debacle, he emerged as Antony's unlikely supporter.
  • It said there was strong leadership at the helm, political stability and that staff were focused on customers and well motivated.
Synonyms
in charge, in command, in control, responsible, at the top, in authority, in the seat of authority, at the wheel, in the driving seat, in the saddle;
1.2 Nautical A helmsman: he is a competent helm
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  • The order was repeated once more by the Chief of the Boat to the helm and planesmen.
  • There will be boats available with experienced helms to take visitors on to the water together with safety boat cover.
  • Nine boats turned out for the J.M. Sladen Trophy race in the north lake while three helms with light-weather yachts decided to sit this one out.

verb

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1Steer (a boat or ship): he helmed a sailing vessel
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  • The good captain Steve helms an excellent ship.
  • The power assisted hydraulic steering means that those with limited strength can easily helm the ship.
  • As we started the climb, I told the crew that they must helm the yacht very carefully on the opposite tack, as the rigging was only holding up one side of the mast.
1.1Manage (an organization): the magazine he helmed in the late eighties
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  • Despite the fact he continues to helm the magazine, everyone over there seems to have thrown in the towel.
  • He currently helms the company responsible for managing the West Indies' hosting of cricket's premier one-day tournament, set to take place in three years' time.
  • The 26-year-old social scenester will be writing a piece for Details magazine, the Dan Peres-helmed metrosexual bible.
1.2chiefly North American Direct (a film).
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  • For Bruce Paltrow, whose background is primarily in television, this is his second turn helming a feature film.
  • Jason Alexander, of ‘Seinfeld’ fame, helms the film in his second stint in the director's chair.
  • This is the first time Jacobs has helmed his own film, but he has been a producer and/or assistant director for Soderbergh for more than a decade.

Origin

Old English helma; probably related to helve.

Derivatives

helmer

noun (chiefly North American )
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  • As everyone knows, Tinseltown is all about the lawsuits and the brinkmanship of the helmers and studio heads, and who blinks first.
  • Last year alone, Kate Winslet finalized her divorce from assistant director Jim Threapleton and shacked up with Oscar-winning helmer Sam Mendes.
  • The hour-long Director's Series will be a highlight this summer, profiling today's top Hollywood helmers, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, and Clint Eastwood.

Definition of helm in:

There are 2 main definitions of helm in English:

helm2

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Pronunciation: /hɛlm
 
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noun

archaic
A helmet.
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  • The riders stopped and one lifted the visor of his helm.
  • The helm, the shield and the sword from Henry V's funeral were magnificently displayed, and so was the tournament and horse armour of Henry VIII.
  • The guard looked forlorn beneath the shallow visor of his helm, but he nodded resolutely.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch helm and German Helm, also to helmet, from an Indo-European root meaning 'to cover or hide'.

Derivatives

helmed

adjective
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  • Her letter was delivered to me one morning a world ago in the pleasant town of Arcady by a helmed and goggled Hermes on a bike.
  • Hunter turned his helmed head to either side and nodded to his soldiers.
  • Their heads were helmed and crested in silver, and their skin was a black that could also have been green, or deep gray.

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