Definitions of boatswain

  1. a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
  2. The tropic bird.
  3. A petty officer of a ship who has charge of the rigging, anchors, cables, cordage, etc.
  4. A petty officer on board ship who looks after the boats, rigging, etc., and calls the seamen to duty.
  5. A petty officer in a ship.
  6. A ship's petty officer in charge of rigging, etc.
  7. An officer on board of ships, who has charge of the boats, sails, rigging, & c., and calls the men to their duty.
  8. A ship's officer who has charge of the boats, sails, & c., and calls the crew to duty.
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