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second mate

the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the first mate.
Also called second officer. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for second mate
  • So it is worth leaving only if you can find a second mate, and then raise a second brood.
  • Still, that possible second mate means attempting not to die is worthwhile if the first try is a less-optimal mating.
  • None of them were recognized except that of the second mate.
  • The bodies of the second mate and two watchmen are still missing.
  • The second night in, my second mate and three of the boys stole the long boat and ran.
  • The captain then dispatched his second mate in the ship's boat and sat down to wait.
  • Also the mate and second mate were exhausted from their stunt.
British Dictionary definitions for second mate

second mate

the next in command of a merchant vessel after the first mate Also called second officer
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