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able seaman

noun
1.
Also called able-bodied seaman. an experienced deck-department seaman qualified to perform routine sea duties.
2.
(in the British Navy and on British and U.S. merchant ships) a rating between ordinary seaman and leading seaman or boatswain's mate.
Abbreviation: A.B., AB.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705
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British Dictionary definitions for able-bodied seaman

able-bodied seaman

noun
1.
an ordinary seaman, esp one in the merchant navy, who has been trained in certain skills Also able seaman Abbreviation AB, a.b.
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