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Meaning of boatswain

boat•swain

Pronunciation: (bō'sun spelling pron. bōt'swān&sec), [key]
— n.
  1. a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc.
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