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chief mate

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noun Nautical.
  1. first mate.
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Also called chief officer.
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  • "Yes," rejoined a Guernsey-man from the bulwarks, who turned out to be the chief-mate.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale

    Herman Melville

  • Just as the sun rose, the captain and chief-mate made their appearance on deck.

    Afloat And Ashore

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Marble insisted on taking Talcott's place, and he now became my chief-mate, as I had once been his.

    Afloat And Ashore

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • “Sounds as though there was something wrong aboard the barque yonder, sir,” reported one of the men to the chief-mate.

    The Missing Merchantman

    Harry Collingwood

  • Mr Bryce, the chief-mate of the Flying Cloud, was one of those unfortunate men who are always more or less in an ill humour.

    The Missing Merchantman

    Harry Collingwood