Share this entry

Share this page

steerageway

Syllabification: steer·age·way
Pronunciation: /ˈstirijˌwā
 
/

Definition of steerageway in English:

noun

(Of a vessel) the minimum speed required for proper response to the helm.
Example sentences
  • Once the ship has stopped, it is at the mercy of wind and current until steerage way can be restored.
  • After we had lost all steerage way we were swept bodily southwards by the inblowing winds towards the cyclone's centre.
  • You can't get steerage way with a speedboat hull at 4 knots so they are allowed to go faster so that they can point them in the right direction.

Words that rhyme with steerageway

taxiwaypassageway

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…