- 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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- Elizabeth Coch·rane [kok-ruh n] /ˈkɒk rən/, original name of Nellie Bly.
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Examples from the Web for seaman
Seaman's promotion to the Prime Minister's office, however, seems likely to go through.
When after innumerable complaints a tender for the job was finally issued, Seaman failed to qualify.
Seaman's mind-boggling dereliction of responsibility harms the state whose interests he was, and is, tasked with protecting.
For a decade, Seaman was the face Israel presented to the foreign press corps.
Seaman got a kick out of his job, taking special pleasure in the arbitrary deployment of his powers.
Now this carpenter and seaman show themselves no doubt for what they are.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The seaman and travelers awaited their end with lamentations.The Chinese Fairy Book
The wine was brought, and the captain filled the glasses with a seaman's heartiness.
The mate called a seaman, and passed aft himself to execute the order.
And, at this, I brought to and looked him up and down and answered him as a seaman should.The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
- 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 seaman
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