Definitions for boatswainˈboʊ sən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

boat•swainˈboʊ sən(n.)

or bo's'n or bo•sun

  1. a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc.

    Category: Nautical, Military, Navy

Origin of boatswain:

1400–50; late ME boteswayn; see boat,swain

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boatswain, bos'n, bo's'n, bosun, bo'sun(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. boatswain(Noun)

    The officer (or warrant officer) in charge of sails, rigging, anchors, cables etc. and all work on deck of a sailing ship.

  2. boatswain(Noun)

    The petty officer of a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boatswain(noun)

    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. Boatswain(noun)

    the jager gull

  3. Boatswain(noun)

    the tropic bird

Freebase

  1. Boatswain

    A boatswain, bo's'n, bos'n, or bosun, is the senior crewman of the deck department and is responsible for the components of a ship's hull. The boatswain supervises the other members of the ship's deck department, and typically is not a watchstander, except on vessels with small crews. Other duties vary depending on the type of ship, her crewing, and other factors.

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