What is steering?

  • (noun): The act of setting and holding a course.
    Synonyms: guidance, direction
    See also — Additional definitions below


Steering is the term applied to the collection of components, linkages, etc. which will allow a vessel (ship, boat) or vehicle (car, motorcycle, bicycle) to follow the desired course. An exception is the case of rail transport by which rail tracks combined together with railroad switches (and also known as 'points' in British English) provide the steering function.

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Some articles on steering:

Steering Engine
... A steering engine is a power steering device for ships. ...
Steering Engine - History
... The first steering engine with feedback was installed on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Eastern in 1866 ... of the Great Eastern, by far the largest ship of its day, made power steering a necessity ... Large steam-powered warships with manual steering needed huge crews to turn the rudder rapidly ...
Subaru Legacy (second Generation) - Japanese Models
... The MOMO black leather steering wheel installed on the GT and RS model designations continued, but the style changed from a four spoke design to a three spoke ... The previous steering wheel was afixed with six allen head screws to an adapter hub that incorporated the cruise control activation switch which was replaced with an integrated hub inside the three spoke steering wheel ...
Steering Column - Steering Lock
... Modern vehicles are fitted with a steering lock which is an anti-theft device ... It is fitted to the steering column usually below the steering wheel ...

More definitions of "steering":

  • (noun): The act of steering a ship.
    Synonyms: steerage
  • (noun): The act of guiding or showing the way.
    Synonyms: guidance

Famous quotes containing the word steering:

    In our most trivial walks, we are constantly, though unconsciously, steering like pilots by certain well-known beacons and headlands, and if we go beyond our usual course we still carry in our minds the bearing of some neighboring cape; and not till we are completely lost, or turned round,—for a man needs only to be turned round once with his eyes shut in this world to be lost,—do we appreciate the vastness and strangeness of nature.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The boat is made of dry reeds, and a monkey is steering it.
    Punjabi proverb, trans. by Gurinder Singh Mann.

    Behind the steering wheel
    The boy took out his own forehead.
    His girlfriend’s head was a green bag
    Of narcissus stems. “OK you win
    But meet me anyway at Cohen’s Drug Store
    In 22 minutes.”
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)