ordinary seaman

noun
a seaman insufficiently skilled to be classified as an able-bodied seaman. Abbreviation: O.D., O.S., o.s.

Origin:
1695–1705

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ordinary seaman
 
n
a seaman of the lowest rank, being insufficiently experienced to be an able-bodied seaman

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To the ordinary seaman, the figurehead symbolized his ship.
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