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


  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


  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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