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steer +‎ -age


steerage (countable and uncountable, plural steerages)

  1. (uncountable) The art of steering.
  2. (countable) The section of a passenger ship that provided inexpensive accommodation with no individual cabins.
    • 1896, Henry Lawson, For`ard
      It is stuffy in the steerage where the second-classers sleep,
      For there's near a hundred for'ard, and they're stowed away like sheep
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 1, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “I have visited my quarters, and find them very comfortable. [] Steerage is like everything else maritime [] vastly improved since Robert Louis Stevenson took his trip third class to New York.”
  3. (countable) The effect of the helm on a ship.

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