• Rudder


    • UK IPA: /ˈɹʌdÉ™(ɹ)/
    • US IPA: /ˈɹʌdÉš/
    • Rhymes: -ÊŒdÉ™(r)


    Old English rōþor ("rudder"), from Proto-Germanic *rōþrą ("rudder"; literally, "paddle, instrument for rowing"), from Proto-Germanic *rōaną "to row" from Proto-Indo-European *ere-, *rē- ("to row") + Proto-Germanic *-þrą, *-þraz, instrumental suffix. Akin to Old English rōwan ("to row"). More at rōwan, -þor.



    (plural rudders)
    1. (nautical) An underwater vane used to steer a vessel. The rudder is controlled by means of a wheel, tiller or other apparatus (modern vessels can be controlled even with a joystick or an autopilot).
    2. (aeronautics) A control surface on the vertical stabilizer of a fixed-wing aircraft or an autogyro. On some craft, the entire vertical stabilizer comprises the rudder. The rudder is controlled by foot-operated control pedals.
    3. A riddle or sieve.
    4. (figurative) That which resembles a rudder as a guide or governor; that which guides or governs the course.
      • HudibrasFor rhyme the rudder is of verses.
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