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first mate

the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the captain.
Also called chief mate, chief officer, first officer, mate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Conan served as her first mate until greed got the best of the lady and her crew.
  • The first mate handed me a beautiful piece of sailor's fancywork.
  • Females first mate at one year of age and males first mate at two years of age.
  • He rarely rose from his bed, and he asked the first mate to perform his duties.
  • The tug boat captain reported that the first mate was at the wheel at the time of the collision and had fallen asleep.
  • The story is that the first mate once had a night off interrupted by a last-minute request to work.
  • Eventually, the first mate was placed in irons to minimize disruption of the crew.
British Dictionary definitions for first mate

first mate

an officer second in command to the captain of a merchant ship Also called first officer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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