steer

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Old English stēor.

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steer (plural steers)

  1. The castrated male of cattle, especially one raised for beef production.
    • 1913, Willa Cather, O Pioneers!, chapter 2
      He counted the cattle over and over. It diverted him to speculate as to how much weight each of the steers would probably put on by spring.
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steer (third-person singular simple present steers, present participle steering, simple past and past participle steered)

  1. (transitive) To castrate (a male calf).
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old English stieran.

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steer (plural steers)

  1. (informal) A suggestion about a course of action.
    I tried to give you the steer, but I guess I didn't get it over. Everybody knew it but you. (Mark Hellinger, 1939, The Roaring Twenties)
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steer (third-person singular simple present steers, present participle steering, simple past and past participle steered)

  1. (intransitive) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel).
    When planning the boat trip we had completely forgotten that we needed somebody to steer.
    • Tennyson
      No helmsman steers.
  2. (transitive) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel).
    I find it very difficult to steer a skateboard.
    I steered my steps homeward.
  3. (intransitive) To be directed and governed; to take a direction, or course; to obey the helm.
    The boat steers easily.
    • Milton
      Where the wind / Veers oft, as oft [a ship] so steers, and shifts her sail.
  4. (transitive) To direct a group of animals.
  5. (transitive) To maneuver or manipulate a person or group into a place or course of action.
    Hume believes that principles of association steer the imagination of artists.
  6. (transitive) To direct a conversation.
  7. To conduct oneself; to take or pursue a course of action.
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steer (plural steers)

  1. (obsolete) A helmsman; a pilot.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

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