able seaman


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ablator,
  2. ablaut,
  3. ablaze,
  4. able,
  5. able rating,
  6. able-bodied,
  7. able-bodied seaman,
  8. abled,
  9. ableism,
  10. ablepharia

Origin of able seaman

First recorded in 1695–1705

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British Dictionary definitions for able-bodied seaman

able-bodied seaman

noun

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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