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able seaman

Also called able-bodied seaman. an experienced deck-department seaman qualified to perform routine sea duties.
(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 of able seaman
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Roberts was quite willing, and the first man they encountered was the able-seaman Titely.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • The door was opened, and the heavy curtain pushed aside, revealing the anxious features of able-seaman Cassidy.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman

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