Definition of boatswain in English:

boatswain

Syllabification: boat·swain
Pronunciation: /ˈbōsən
 
/
(also bo'sun or bosun)

noun

A ship’s officer in charge of equipment and the crew.
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  • He served in the merchant marines as a boatswain and a machinist's mate when ships were going to places of interest.
  • A boatswain's mate on a ship's forecastle might not be paying attention to the color of the anchor chain paying out of the locker, or turn the friction brake in the wrong direction, with disastrous results.
  • Typically, it's a boatswain's mate or a quartermaster running the ship, while an engineer and one or two seaman line handlers assist in the shipboard operations.

Origin

late Old English bātswegen (see boat, swain).

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