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Meaning of BOATSWAIN

Pronunciation:  'bowsun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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
 
 Definition: 
\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
   duties.

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
 

 

 

 

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