to feel the helm


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Helm \Helm\, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G.
   helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.]
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   1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered,
      comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used
      of the tiller or wheel alone.
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   2. The place or office of direction or administration. "The
      helm of the Commonwealth." --Melmoth.
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   3. One at the place of direction or control; a steersman;
      hence, a guide; a director.
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            The helms o' the State, who care for you like
            fathers.                              --Shak.
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   4. [Cf. Helve.] A helve. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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   Helm amidships, when the tiller, rudder, and keel are in
      the same plane.

   Helm aport, when the tiller is borne over to the port side
      of the ship.

   Helm astarboard, when the tiller is borne to the starboard
      side.

   Helm alee, Helm aweather, when the tiller is borne over
      to the lee or to the weather side.

   Helm hard alee, Helm hard aport, Helm hard astarboard,
      etc., when the tiller is borne over to the extreme limit.
      

   Helm port, the round hole in a vessel's counter through
      which the rudderstock passes.

   Helm down, helm alee.

   Helm up, helm aweather.

   To ease the helm, to let the tiller come more amidships, so
      as to lessen the strain on the rudder.

   To feel the helm, to obey it.

   To right the helm, to put it amidships.

   To shift the helm, to bear the tiller over to the
      corresponding position on the opposite side of the vessel.
      --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feel \Feel\ (f[=e]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Felt (f[e^]lt); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Feeling.] [AS. f[=e]lan; akin to OS.
   gif[=o]lian to perceive, D. voelen to feel, OHG. fuolen, G.
   f["u]hlen, Icel. f[=a]lma to grope, and prob. to AS. folm
   palm of the hand, L. palma. Cf. Fumble, Palm.]
   1. To perceive by the touch; to take cognizance of by means
      of the nerves of sensation distributed all over the body,
      especially by those of the skin; to have sensation excited
      by contact of (a thing) with the body or limbs.
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            Who feel
            Those rods of scorpions and those whips of steel.
                                                  --Creecn.
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   2. To touch; to handle; to examine by touching; as, feel this
      piece of silk; hence, to make trial of; to test; often
      with out.
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            Come near, . . . that I may feel thee, my son.
                                                  --Gen. xxvii.
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            He hath this to feel my affection to your honor.
                                                  --Shak.
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   3. To perceive by the mind; to have a sense of; to
      experience; to be affected by; to be sensible of, or
      sensitive to; as, to feel pleasure; to feel pain.
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            Teach me to feel another's woe.       --Pope.
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            Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil
            thing.                                --Eccl. viii.
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            He best can paint them who shall feel them most.
                                                  --Pope.
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            Mankind have felt their strength and made it felt.
                                                  --Byron.
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   4. To take internal cognizance of; to be conscious of; to
      have an inward persuasion of.
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            For then, and not till then, he felt himself.
                                                  --Shak.
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   5. To perceive; to observe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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   To feel the helm (Naut.), to obey it.
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