Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of BOATSWAIN

Pronunciation:  'bowsun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen

BOATSWAIN is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bo's'n, bos'n, bosun, bo'sun
 See Also: gob, Jack, Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, tar



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Boat"swain\, n. [Boat + swain.]
1. (Naut.) An officer who has charge of the boats, sails,
   rigging, colors, anchors, cables, cordage, etc., of a
   ship, and who also summons the crew, and performs other

2. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) The jager gull.
   (b) The tropic bird.

{Boatswain's mate}, an assistant of the boatswain. --Totten.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: auditor, Big Brother, boss, captain, chief, chief engineer, chief mate, commander, comptroller, controller, deck officer, floor manager, floorman, floorwalker, foreman, gaffer, ganger, head, headman, inspector, master, mate, monitor, naval officer, navigating officer, navigator, noncommissioned officer, OD, overman, overseer, patron, pipes, proctor, quartermaster, sailing master, second mate, shipmaster, sirdar, skipper, slave driver, straw boss, subforeman, super, superintendent, supervisor, surveyor, taskmaster, the Old Man, visitor, watch officer