Part of speech: noun

That part of an ocean passenger vessel occupied chiefly by immigrants.

Part of speech: noun

The act of steering.

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Usage examples "steerage":

  1. We were coming back from West Australia, steerage- Mitchell, the Oracle, and I. I had gone over saloon, with a few pounds in my pocket. - "Over the Sliprails", Henry Lawson.
  2. Envy hath owned it was his doing, To save that hapless land from ruin; While they who at the steerage stood, And reaped the profit, sought his blood. - "Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets, Vol. 3", George Gilfillan.
  3. With Melville gone, With Sidmouth, and with Buckinghamshire too, The steerage of affairs has stood of late Somewhat provisional, as you, sir, know, With stop- gap functions thrust on offices Which common weal can tolerate but awhile. - "The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes", Thomas Hardy.