mariner

[mar-uh-ner]
noun
1.
a person who directs or assists in the navigation of a ship; sailor.
2.
(initial capital letter) Aerospace. one of a series of U.S. space probes that obtained scientific information while flying by or orbiting around the planets Mars, Mercury, and Venus.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French marinier. See marine, -er2


1. seafarer. See sailor.
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mariner (ˈmærɪnə)
 
n
a formal or literary word for seaman
 
[C13: from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin marīnusmarine]

Mariner (ˈmærɪnə)
 
n
any of a series of US space probes launched between 1962 and 1971 that sent back photographs and information concerning the surface of Mars and Venus and also studied interplanetary matter

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mariner
late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. mariner, O.Fr. marinier, from M.L. marinarius, from L. marinus (see marine). Earlier and for long more common than sailor.
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The yawning seam and corroded bolt conceal their defects from the mariner until the storm calls all hands to the pumps.
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