- a person skilled in seamanship.
- a person whose trade or occupation is assisting in the handling, sailing, and navigating of a ship during a voyage, especially one below the rank of officer; sailor.
- U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. an enlisted person ranking below petty officer.
Origin of seaman
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Examples from the Web for seamen
Seamen must constantly move between the pitch black of below decks and the bright sunshine above.Why Did Pirates Wear Eye Patches?
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When their fears are realized and the island looks likely to “shrivel and die” the seamen are driven to drastic measures.Must Read Novels: Ballard, Dybek, and Krasznahorkai
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It had 168 seamen aboard and was held for more than six months.
I have documentation of 38 seamen who have gone missing in the last ten years.
Most of them went on to New York, and were swallowed up in the great vortex of seamen.Ned Myers
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Nelson, at the head of a few of his seamen, leaped upon the beach.
My seamen are now what British seamen ought to be—almost invincible.
So it is that seamen love these birds and look for halcyon weather.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
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The seamen in return purvey the needful luxuries for lumber-camps.
- a rating trained in seamanship as opposed to electrical engineering, etc
- a man who serves as a sailor
- a person skilled in seamanship
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Word Origin and History for seamen
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