n. The act or practice of steering, or directing; as, the steerage of a ship. (Naut.) (a) The effect of the helm on a ship; the manner in which an individual ship is affected by the helm. (b) The hinder part of a vessel; the stern. (c) Properly, the space in the after part of a vessel, under the cabin, but used generally to indicate any part of a vessel having the poorest accommodations and occupied by passengers paying the lowest rate of fare. Direction; regulation; management; guidance. That by which a course is directed. Steerage passenger, a passenger who takes passage in the steerage of a vessel.