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Variant of cond, from Middle English conduen, condien, from Anglo-Norman conduire, from Latin condūcō (lead, bring or draw together), from con- (with, together) +‎ dūcō (lead). Doublet of conduce.



conn (plural conns)

  1. The duty of directing a ship, usually used with the verb to have or to take and accompanied by the article "the."
    The officer of the deck has the conn of the vessel; the captain took the conn when she reached the bridge.

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conn (third-person singular simple present conns, present participle conning, simple past and past participle conned)

  1. (transitive) To direct a ship; to superintend the steering of (a vessel); to watch the course of (a vessel) and direct the helmsman how to steer (especially through a channel, etc, rather than steer a compass direction).
    The pilot conned the ship safely into the harbor.
    • 1724, Daniel Defoe, Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress, chapter 8
      “Ay,” says I, “you’ll allow me to steer, that is, hold the helm, but you’ll conn the ship, as they call it; that is, as at sea, a boy serves to stand at the helm, but he that gives him the orders is pilot.”

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