able-bodied seaman

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

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able-bodied seaman
 
n
Also: able seaman, AB, Abbreviation: a.b. an ordinary seaman, esp one in the merchant navy, who has been trained in certain skills

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