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boatswain

noun boat·swain \ˈbō-sən\

: an officer on a ship whose job is to take care of the main body of the ship and all the ship's equipment

Full Definition of BOATSWAIN

1
:  a petty officer on a merchant ship having charge of hull maintenance and related work
2
:  a naval warrant officer in charge of the hull and all related equipment

Variants of BOATSWAIN

boat·swain or bosun also bos'n or bo's'n or bo'sun \ˈbō-sən\

Origin of BOATSWAIN

Middle English bootswein, from boot boat + swein boy, servant — more at swain
First Known Use: 14th century
BOATSWAIN Defined for Kids

boatswain

noun boat·swain \ˈbō-sən\

Definition of BOATSWAIN for Kids

:  a warrant officer on a warship or a petty officer on a commercial ship who has charge of the hull, anchors, boats, and rigging

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