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Definition of Rudder


  1. In an aircraft, a surface the function of which is to exert a turning moment about an axis of the craft.
  2. A riddle or sieve.
  3. The mechanical appliance by means of which a vessel is guided or steered when in motion. It is a broad and flat blade made of wood or iron, with a long shank, and is fastened in an upright position, usually by one edge, to the sternpost of the vessel in such a way that it can be turned from side to side in the water by means of a tiller, wheel, or other attachment.
  4. Fig.: That which resembles a rudder as a guide or governor; that which guides or governs the course.

Rudder Quotations

He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.
Leonardo da Vinci

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
Thomas Carlyle

Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

If we are strong, and have faith in life and its richness of surprises, and hold the rudder steadily in our hands. I am sure we will sail into quiet and pleasent waters for our old age.
Freya Stark

Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder.
Edvard Munch
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Rudder Translations

rudder in Danish is ror
rudder in Dutch is roer, stuur
rudder in French is rame
rudder in German is Ruder, Steuer [das]
rudder in Italian is remo, tassa
rudder in Norwegian is ratt
rudder in Portuguese is leme
rudder in Swedish is styre, roder
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