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able seaman

Also called able-bodied seaman. an experienced deck-department seaman qualified to perform routine sea duties.
(in the British Navy and on British and U.S. merchant ships) a rating between ordinary seaman and leading seaman or boatswain's mate.
Abbreviation: A.B., AB.
Origin of able seaman
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As a result I got my rate as able-bodied seaman when I was fifteen.

  • One able-bodied seaman, busied with between-decks blubber, proved to be a medical man with degrees from two colleges.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • They found that the pay of an able-bodied seaman in the British navy had lately been raised from 26s.

  • But a little, able-bodied seaman, six weeks ago at Kiel, gave him a thrashing in a Bierhalle till he wept.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The able-bodied seaman goes to sea all his life, but he never gets any nearer navigating the ship—and he a white man.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • He received consignments of food; short rations they would be, he judged, for an able-bodied seaman.

    The Stolen Singer

    Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • His experience in the fishing boats was useful to him now, and he was soon able to do his work as an able-bodied seaman.

    With Wolfe in Canada

    G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for able-bodied seaman

able-bodied seaman

an ordinary seaman, esp one in the merchant navy, who has been trained in certain skills Also able seaman Abbreviation AB, a.b.
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