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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rudderless aimlessly drifting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Rudderless Without a rudder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rudderless Having no rudder: as, a rudderless craft.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rudderless having no rudder
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  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.”


Rudderless ship - If an organisation, company, government, etc, is like a rudderless ship, it has no clear direction and drifts about without reaching its goals.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. róther; Ger. ruder, an oar.


In literature:

I'm a poor rudderless creature without any hope or direction.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
Without it she was like a rudderless boat on an endless sea, and he knew it.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
His wrongs were still heavy upon him, water-logging his better sense, and leaving it rudderless.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
I'm a rudderless ship without you.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
At all events, I knew that to fall again within the scope of her personality would mean to be swept rudderless from my moorings.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Rudderless, dismasted, we still floated.
"Seven Frozen Sailors" by George Manville Fenn
An old boatman and his daughter rowed the rudderless skiff.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
He was like a boat drifting rudderless upon the sea, the sport of every wind that blew.
"Valeria" by William Henry Withrow
Maybe I shall perish in shame and misery somewhere, for I am rudderless, Johanna.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
Locked out of his own computer, he felt rudderless and lost.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
The flaccid, rudderless creature of the past ten days was gone as though he had never been.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
It is such a rudderless sort of age.
"Fräulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther" by Elizabeth von Arnim
She glanced up at the blue sky, where snowy clouds drifted like rudderless ships at sea.
"Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer" by Rena I. Halsey
Three days and three nights the rudderless ship flew with a single sail over the surface of the ocean.
"Tales From Jókai" by Mór Jókai
A rudderless ship in mid-ocean, he wandered long and aimlessly about the byways of the city.
"The Sailor" by J. C. Snaith
Without a prudent guiding hand at the Treasury the ship of State might as well be rudderless.
"Our First Half-Century" by Government of Queensland
I am at sea yawing like a rudderless ship.
"Mark Gildersleeve" by John S. Sauzade
The range of modern guns, and the difficulty of manoeuvring so rudderless an apparatus, seem to cut it off from a career of glory.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
Already drifting like a rudderless ship, he might any moment founder on the rocks.
"The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn" by Robert Machray
I am rudderless and cannot steer a straight course.
"The Broken Thread" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

`And when banks grow shady and oars at rest,
And we rudderless float and glide,
I shall feel their love—throbs within my breast,
And the grayling against my side.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Four more years of this rudderless guidance.
Our rudderless foreign policy must end.
Dark Young Adult Fiction Captures Rudderless Horrors of Contemporary Adolescence.
Rudderless Lakers beaten by Spurs as Jackson criticises 'slimy' coach talks.
Rudderless Lakers beaten by Spurs as Jackson criticises ' slimy ' coach talks.
The 2008 presidential campaign is careening along virtually rudderless addressing none but the most superficial of issues.
Bartz is known for her no-nonsense management style, which she will need to streamline the relatively rudderless ship of search, cloud computing and application development.
Since the primary when their heir apparent lost his bid to Constable Troy Nehls in the Republican Primary, the Sheriff's Office has been a rudderless ship.