Steerage Steer"age (st[=e]r"[asl]j; 48), n. 1. The act or practice of steering, or directing; as, the steerage of a ship. [1913 Webster]

He left the city, and, in a most tempestuous season, forsook the helm and steerage of the commonwealth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) (a) The effect of the helm on a ship; the manner in which an individual ship is affected by the helm. (b) The hinder part of a vessel; the stern. [R.] --Swift. (c) Properly, the space in the after part of a vessel, under the cabin, but used generally to indicate any part of a vessel having the poorest accommodations and occupied by passengers paying the lowest rate of fare. [1913 Webster]

3. Direction; regulation; management; guidance. [1913 Webster]

He that hath the steerage of my course. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. That by which a course is directed. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Here he hung on high, The steerage of his wings. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Steerage passenger}, a passenger who takes passage in the steerage of a vessel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • steerage — n. 1 the act of steering. 2 the effect of the helm on a ship. 3 archaic the part of a ship allotted to passengers travelling at the cheapest rate. 4 hist. (in a warship) quarters assigned to midshipmen etc. just forward of the wardroom. Phrases… …   Useful english dictionary

  • steerage — noun Date: 15th century 1. the act or practice of steering; broadly direction 2. [from its originally being located near the rudder] a section of inferior accommodations in a passenger ship for passengers paying the lowest fares …   New Collegiate Dictionary