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an ordinary seaman, esp one in the merchant navy, who has been trained in certain skillsAlso: able seaman Abbreviation: AB, a.b.
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Words nearby able-bodied seaman
ablator, ablaut, ablaze, able, able-bodied, able-bodied seaman, abled, ableism, ableist, ableist language, able rating
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How to use able-bodied seaman in a sentence
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
As a result I got my rate as able-bodied seaman when I was fifteen.Over the Seas for Uncle Sam|Elaine Sterne
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