able seaman

able seaman
1. Also called able-bodied seaman. an experienced deck-department seaman qualified to perform routine sea duties.
2. (in the British Navy and on British and U.S. merchant ships) a rating between ordinary seaman and leading seaman or boatswain's mate. Abbr.: A.B., AB

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  • Able seaman — Seaman Sea man, n.; pl. {Seamen}. [AS. s[ae]man.] One whose occupation is to assist in the management of ships at sea; a mariner; a sailor; applied both to officers and common mariners, but especially to the latter. Opposed to {landman}, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • able seaman — n a low rank in the navy, or someone who has this rank …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Able seaman — This article is about a civilian occupation. For a military rank, see able seaman (rank). Able seaman Able seamen generally serve as a ship s helmsmen, relying on visual references, compasses, and …   Wikipedia

  • able seaman — noun a seaman in the merchant marine; trained in special skills • Syn: ↑able bodied seaman • Hypernyms: ↑mariner, ↑seaman, ↑tar, ↑Jack tar, ↑Jack, ↑old salt, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • able seaman — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms able seaman : singular able seaman plural able seamen someone of low rank in the British Royal Navy …   English dictionary

  • able seaman — /eɪbəl ˈsimən/ (say aybuhl seemuhn) noun 1. → able bodied seaman. 2. Navy a rank below leading seaman and above seaman …   Australian-English dictionary

  • able seaman — noun a) Synonym of able bodied seaman. b) A naval military rank …   Wiktionary

  • able seaman — noun a rank of sailor in the Royal Navy above ordinary seaman and below leading seaman …   English new terms dictionary

  • able seaman — noun Date: 1693 an experienced deck department seaman qualified to perform routine duties at sea …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • able seaman — a′ble sea′man n. mil navig. an experienced seaman qualified to perform routine sea duties Also called a′ble bod ied sea′man. Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

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