Definition of conn in English:

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Pronunciation: /kän/
(also con) Nautical


[with object]
Direct the steering of (a ship): he hadn’t conned anything bigger than a Boston whaler
More example sentences
  • Then the lanky, bearded boatswain would take the helm while the captain conned the ship from one bridge wing or the other, with the chief engineer at his elbow
  • Why is the term ‘bridge’ used to signify the place from where a ship is conned?
  • Together they stood in the foretops and conned the ship in through the seething maelstrom of the equatorial current.


(the conn)
The action or post of conning a ship: I quickly took the conn and restored the channel course
More example sentences
  • For example, his combat information center officer and operations officer had the conn through most of the Suez transit.
  • Now, Mr. Morton, you have the conn and I have to get back to SickBay if I'm to be there when my son is born!
  • An announcement came over the intercom: ‘QM1 Grob has the conn.’


Early 17th century: apparently a weakened form of obsolete cond 'conduct, guide', from Old French conduire, from Latin conducere (see conduce).

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Syllabification: conn

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