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ordinary seaman

a seaman insufficiently skilled to be classified as an able-bodied seaman.
Abbreviation: O.D., O.S., o.s.
Origin of ordinary seaman
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The ordinary seaman handed a box across, and his companion lit up.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • He paused and eyed the ordinary seaman with the hand-cart, who had released the shafts and was swinging his arms. ''

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • I 'm strong enough, and know enough about it, to ship to sea as ordinary seaman.

  • Undoubtedly he ranked with the ordinary seaman when the time of distribution came.

    The Story of John Paul Jones Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • It is commonly understood that an ordinary seaman need not be a workman upon rigging.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Her troubled brain refused to wonder at such a reply from an ordinary seaman.

  • It seemed to meditate a leap on to the old man's lap over the bent back of the ordinary seaman who sat at Singleton's feet.

  • This gallant officer, who in his Cambridge days was renowned as a scholar and a poet, fought as an ordinary seaman at Antwerp.

  • The latter soon made his appearance, and attended to the sufferer, who proved to be an ordinary seaman named Morgan.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • McKenzie, Jenkins and an ordinary seaman had finished their speed recording task and were reeling in the line.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for ordinary seaman

ordinary seaman

a seaman of the lowest rank, being insufficiently experienced to be an able-bodied seaman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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