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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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Their microbrewery - Bosuns Brewery - is in Horbury.
None of the men have ever seen a bosun and they think you might be confusing bosuns with bosons.
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Our father completed 55 voyages on the Reina Del Pacifico, held the rank of Bosuns Mate during the Second World War and became a Bosun after the war.
In the ladies' open, for which there are 27 entries, evergreen Balisteros, a winner of 26 point-to-points and four hunter chases, has Bosuns Mate and Supreme Citizen to beat.
The official flagbreak was carried out by members of the Royal Naval Recognised 1st Barry Sea Scout Group, to the piping of bosuns calls with the hoisting of the Red Ensign to the flagpole yardarm.
At Exeter, chaos reigned at the second fence of the featured five-runner Dean and Dyball Handicap Chase when the first three in the betting crashed out leaving the prize at the mercy of Bosuns Mate who defeated fellow outsider Influence Pedler.
Chaos reigned at the second fence of the featured five-runner Dean and Dyball Handicap Chase at Exeter yesterday when the first three in the betting crashed out leaving the prize at the mercy of Bosuns Mate who defeated fellow outsider Influence Pedler.
The overseas raiders are led by top-weight is Bosuns Mate, a stablemate of Mister Morose, who is joined by the much-improved Gingembre, Martin Pipe's Moondigua and Honey Mount.
Poor Jerry West, this is supposed to be his luxury liner to steer, but he has bosuns Jackson and O'Neal barking directions over his tense shoulders.
Nigel Twiston-Davies took the training honours with a 62-1 treble via King's Road, Bosuns Mate and Moorish - all three ridden by Carl Llewellyn.
TRAINER Nigel Twiston-Davies and his jockey Carl Llewellyn took top honours at Newbury yesterday with a 62-1 treble with Bosuns Mate, King's Road and Moorish.