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[waw-ter-muh n-ship, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tər mənˌʃɪp, ˈwɒt ər-/
the skill, duties, business, etc., of a waterman.
skill in rowing or boating.
Origin of watermanship
First recorded in 1880-85; waterman + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Much as watermanship is needed in a four, it is still more important to possess it when rowing in a pair.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • Among University oars, watermanship is oftenest found in those who have rowed as schoolboys.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • The art of ‘watermanship’ had not then reached its present pitch.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • He thus gains invaluable lessons, both in watermanship and in racing experience, which are not open to his American cousin.

    Rowing Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  • It is evident that watermanship of a very high order is needed for this feat.

    Rowing Rudolf Chambers Lehmann

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