Steerage

Steer"age

(str"j ; 48), n. 1. The act or practice of steering, or directing; as, the steerage of a ship.
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He left the city, and, in a most tempestuous season, forsook the helm and steerage of the commonwealth.
Milton.
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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.
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3. Direction; regulation; management; guidance.
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He that hath the steerage of my course.
Shak.
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4. That by which a course is directed. [R.]
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Here he hung on high,
The steerage of his wings.
Dryden.
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Steerage passenger, a passenger who takes passage in the steerage of a vessel.
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