Definition of steerage way in English:

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steerage way


[mass noun]
The rate of headway required if a ship is to be controlled by the helm: the boat gained steerage way
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  • 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.

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