Definitions for: Boatswain


[n] a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen



Webster (1913) Definition: Boat"swain, n. [Boat + swain.]
1. (Naut.) An officer who has charge of the boats, sails,
rigging, colors, anchors, cables, cordage, etc., of a
ship, and who also summons the crew, and performs other
duties.

2. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The jager gull.
(b) The tropic bird.

Boatswain's mate, an assistant of the boatswain. --Totten.

Synonyms: bo's'n, bos'n, bosun, bo'sun

See Also: gob, Jack, Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, tar

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