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ordinary seaman

a seaman insufficiently skilled to be classified as an able-bodied seaman.
Abbreviation: O.D., O.S., o.s.
Origin of ordinary seaman
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • For sailors are of three classes—able-seaman, ordinary-seaman, and boys; and they receive different wages according to their rank.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for ordinary-seaman

ordinary seaman

a seaman of the lowest rank, being insufficiently experienced to be an able-bodied seaman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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