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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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  • You know a lot of us took charge of the Spitfire, and set the captain and first-mate adrift, off Valparaiso.

    Adrift on the Pacific Edward S. Ellis
  • After the first greetings the first-mate began to look round the cabin.

    Mother Carey's Chicken George Manville Fenn
  • The abject-looking wretch shrank away, and the first-mate gave an angry stamp upon the deck.

    Mother Carey's Chicken George Manville Fenn
  • The first-mate, Lapworth, also became a favourite with us all.

    Five Years in New Zealand Robert B. Booth
  • “Here, Widgeon, I told you to fetch one of the dock police,” said the first-mate fiercely.

    Mother Carey's Chicken George Manville Fenn
  • The first-mate went to the tack, and the second to the sheet.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • "We had a narrow squeak of it, Mr. Ryan," he said to the first-mate.

    Maori and Settler G. A. Henty
  • Stimson was in the first-mate's watch, and the latter approached that old sea-dog with a wish to keep himself awake by conversing.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • One morning, when the lofty Andes had just appeared in sight, he summoned his first-mate to his bedside.

  • Five of the hands had been washed overboard, another three men were down below badly hurt, and the first-mate had his leg broke.

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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