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ˈkɒk sən, -ˌsweɪncoxswain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coxswain, coxnoun

    the helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew

Wiktionary

  1. coxswainnoun

    In a ship's boat, the helmsman given charge of the boat's crew.

  2. coxswainnoun

    In a rowing crew, the member who steers the shell and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers.

  3. coxswainnoun

    The second or third mate of a vessel, in charge of the master's barge.

  4. coxswainnoun

    A rank or position.

  5. Etymology: cock a boat + swain; hence, the master of a boat.

Wikipedia

  1. Coxswain

    The coxswain ( KOK-sən, or KOK-swayn) is the person in charge of a boat, particularly its navigation and steering. The etymology of the word gives a literal meaning of "boat servant" since it comes from cock, referring to the cockboat, a type of ship's boat, and swain, an Old English term derived from the Old Norse sveinn meaning boy or servant. In 1724, a "cockswain" was defined as "An officer of a ship who takes care of the cockboat, barge or shallop, with all its furniture, and is in readiness with his crew to man the boat on all occasions." When the term "cockboat" became obsolete, the title of coxswain as the person in charge of a ship's boat remained.

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  1. coxswain

    A coxswain is a person who steers a ship or boat, particularly in a racing crew, and often also coordinates the rhythm and speed for rowers. In the military, a coxswain is the skipper of a small boat used on a ship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coxswainnoun

    see Cockswain

Wikidata

  1. Coxswain

    The coxswain is the person in charge of a boat, particularly its navigation and steering. The etymology of the word gives a literal meaning of "boat servant" since it comes from cox, a coxboat or other small vessel kept aboard a ship, and swain, an Old English term derived from the Old Norse sveinn meaning boy or servant.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coxswain

    Cockswain, kok′swān, or kok′sn, n. a seaman who steers a boat, and under the superior officer takes charge of it. [Cock, a boat, and Swain.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. coxswain

    A person in charge of a small craft (in the Army, a Class B or smaller craft) who often functions as the helmsman. For a causeway ferry, the pilot is in charge with the coxswain performing helmsman functions. See causeway.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coxswain

    The person who steers a boat; after the officer in command he has charge of the crew, and all things belonging to it. He must be ready with his crew to man the boat on all occasions.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coxswain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coxswain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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