steerageway n : (nautical) the minimum rate of motion needed for a vessel to be maneuvered
- 1902 - Jack London,
The Cruise of the Dazzler, chapter XII
- The latter made one tremendous spurt, then gave up in despair and hauled in his oars. French Pete let go the main-sheet, lost steerageway as he rounded up alongside the motionless skiff, and dragged Joe out.
- Polish: prędkość sterowna