boatswain

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boat·swain

also bo's'n or bos'n or bo·sun  (bō′sən)
n.
A warrant officer or petty officer in charge of a ship's rigging, anchors, cables, and deck crew.

[Middle English botswein : bot, boat; see boat + swein, mate; see swain.]
Usage Note: The word boatswain is pronounced as a single word with two syllables (bō′sən). People with sea legs have a long tradition of spelling the word as bosun, bo's'n, and bos'n to reflect the salty pronunciation. This of course has not prevented landlubbers from using the incorrect two-word pronunciation (bōt′swān′). Many other nautical words have similarly tricky shipboard pronunciations, including bowline, pronounced (bō′lĭn); forecastle, pronounced (fōk′səl) and sometimes spelled fo'c's'le; gunwale, pronounced (gŭn′əl) and also sometimes spelled gunnel; mainsail, pronounced (mān′səl); and topgallant, pronounced (tə-găl′ənt). With the exception of gunwale, however, all of these terms can be correctly pronounced as if they were two words.

boatswain

(ˈbəʊsən) ,

bosun

or

bo's'n

n
(Nautical Terms) a petty officer on a merchant ship or a warrant officer on a warship who is responsible for the maintenance of the ship and its equipment
[Old English bātswegen; see boat, swain]

boat•swain

or bo's'n

(ˈboʊ sən)

n.
a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc.
[1400–50; late Middle English boteswayn; see boat, swain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boatswain - a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamenboatswain - a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, gob, Jack, tar - a man who serves as a sailor
Translations
loďmistr
bådsmand
fedélzetmester
bátsmaîur
bocmanas
bocmanis
loďmajster
lostromoporsum

boatswain

[ˈbəʊsn] Ncontramaestre m

boatswain

[ˈbəʊsən] nmaître m d'équipageboat train ntrain m (assurant la correspondance avec un service de ferry)boat trip n (= excursion) → excursion f en bateau

boatswain

, bosun, bo’s’n
nBootsmann m; boatswain’s mateBootsmanngehilfe m

boatswain

[ˈbəʊsn] nnostromo

boatswain,

bosun

(ˈbəusn) noun
an officer who looks after a ship's boats, ropes, sails etc.
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Colleague Sarah told the hearing in Devonport, Plymouth, how she was acting as bosun's mate while Bellingham was on the bridge during sea trials.
He offered to show a Wren bosun's mate his manhood if she showed him her tattoos, and made I so many saucy remarks to a third on the ship's intercom during an anti-submarine exercise that he was told off by more senior officers.
He served four years in the Navy and was a bosun's mate on the USS Oriskany.
It's a fast-paced school, and there's no room for mistakes," said Chief Bosun's Mate Charlie Salles, who drives the boats on interdiction missions and trains other crewmembers on how to handle the powerful craft.
He joined the crew 15 months ago as the bosun's mate, which means he is responsible for helping the bosun maintain the rigging that supports the ship's masts and sails.
As I left the elite Harder, I was so proud that I served five war patrols aboard a great boat, commanded by a great man,'' said Howard, a bosun's mate.
The cry of "show a leg there" is said to have been made by the bosun's mate when rousing the crew for duty.