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boatswain, bosun or bo's'n (ˈbəʊsən)
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]
bosun, bosun or bo's'n
[Old English bātswegen; see boat, swain]
bo's'n, bosun or bo's'n
[Old English bātswegen; see boat, swain]

bosun (ˈbəʊsən)
nautical a variant spelling of boatswain

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Example sentences
Bosun chairs used pneumatic drills to honeycomb the granite with closely spaced holes.
Going in, our bosun, there's two bosun mates that drive each barge.
Only one image struck me as absurd: an inefficient stairway shelving system with a bosun's chair that you hoist with a chain.
Work on a suspended swinging scaffold, bosun chair or swinging crane inside or outside of buildings at elevations.
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