merchantman


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mer·chant·man

 (mûr′chənt-mən)
n.
1. A ship used in commerce.
2. Archaic A merchant.
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merchantman

(ˈmɜːtʃəntmən)
n, pl -men
(Nautical Terms) a merchant ship
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mer•chant•man

(ˈmɜr tʃənt mən)

n., pl. -men.
a trading ship.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merchantman - a cargo shipmerchantman - a cargo ship; "they did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms"
cargo ship, cargo vessel - a ship designed to carry cargo
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Translations

merchantman

[ˈmɜːtʃəntmən] N (merchantmen (pl)) → buque m mercante
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merchantman

[ˈmɜːrtʃəntmən] n (= ship) → navire m marchandmerchant marine (US) nmarine f marchandemerchant navy (British) nmarine f marchandemerchant seaman n [merchant seamen] (pl) → marin m de la marine marchandemerchant ship nnavire m marchand
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merchantman

[ˈmɜːtʃntmən] n (-men (pl)) (ship) → mercantile m
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References in classic literature ?
No average merchantman's anchors have ever been let go with such miraculous smartness.
This letter will reach England by a merchantman now on its homeward voyage from Archangel; more fortunate than I, who may not see my native land, perhaps, for many years.
The writer had been one of the crew, and the letter was to his son, who was, at the very time the letter was written, master of a Spanish merchantman.
The master of the merchantman assured him that from the position at which they had picked him up, and the prevailing winds for the past week he could have been on no other island than one of the Cape Verde group, which lie off the West Coast of Africa in about 16x or 17x north latitude.
"The merchantman will flee us; the war-vessel will destroy us; neither will believe our colors or give us a chance to explain.
Just when submarine activities ended we do not know but the last vessel of this type sighted by a Pan-American merchantman was the huge Q 138, which discharged twenty-nine torpedoes at a Brazilian tank steamer off the Bermudas in the fall of
The vessel was an English merchantman, returning from Japan by the North and South seas; the captain, Mr.
Three days afterward the first-class merchantman Deliverance, Kirke, commander, sailed from London for the China Sea.
Here and there a lantern gleamed at the stern of some huge merchantman. The light shook and splintered in the puddles.
Rasping up on either side, with oars trailing to save them from snapping, they poured in a living torrent with horrid yell and shrill whoop upon the defenceless merchantman.
Scotty wept over his poor old mother in Edinburgh--a lady, he insisted, gently born-- who was in reduced circumstances, who had pinched herself to pay the lump sum to the ship-owners for his apprenticeship, whose sacrificing dream had been to see him a merchantman officer and a gentleman, and who was heartbroken because he had deserted his ship in Australia and joined another as a common sailor before the mast.
Fisher Ames expressed the popular security more wisely, when he compared a monarchy and a republic, saying that a monarchy is a merchantman, which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock and go to the bottom; whilst a republic is a raft, which would never sink, but then your feet are always in water.