Ordinary seaman
Ordinary Or"di*na*ry, a. [L. ordinarius, fr. ordo, ordinis, order: cf. F. ordinaire. See {Order}.] 1. According to established order; methodical; settled; regular. ``The ordinary forms of law.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Common; customary; usual. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation that in writing. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Of common rank, quality, or ability; not distinguished by superior excellence or beauty; hence, not distinguished in any way; commonplace; inferior; of little merit; as, men of ordinary judgment; an ordinary book. [1913 Webster]

An ordinary lad would have acquired little or no useful knowledge in such a way. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Ordinary seaman} (Naut.), one not expert or fully skilled, and hence ranking below an {able seaman}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Normal; common; usual; customary.

Usage: See {Normal}. -- {Ordinary}, {Common}. A thing is common in which many persons share or partake; as, a common practice. A thing is ordinary when it is apt to come round in the regular common order or succession of events. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ordinary seaman — Seaman Sea man, n.; pl. {Seamen}. [AS. s[ae]man.] One whose occupation is to assist in the management of ships at sea; a mariner; a sailor; applied both to officers and common mariners, but especially to the latter. Opposed to {landman}, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ordinary seaman — n. a merchant seaman of less experience than, and ranking below, an able bodied seaman …   English World dictionary

  • ordinary seaman — n a low rank in the British Navy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Ordinary seaman — This article is about a civilian occupation. For a military rank, see ordinary seaman (rating). Ordinary seaman Ordinary seamen swabbing the deck. General Department&# …   Wikipedia

  • ordinary seaman — noun : a seaman of some experience but not as skilled as an able bodied seaman * * * ˌordinary ˈseaman [ordinary seaman] noun (abbr. OS) a sailor of the lowest rank in the British navy …   Useful english dictionary

  • ordinary seaman — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms ordinary seaman : singular ordinary seaman plural ordinary seamen a sailor of the lowest rank in the British navy …   English dictionary

  • ordinary seaman — noun Date: 1702 a seaman of some experience but not as skilled as an able seaman …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ordinary seaman — a seaman insufficiently skilled to be classified as an able bodied seaman. Abbr.: O.D., O.S., o.s. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • ordinary seaman — noun the lowest grade of seaman in the merchant marine; the grade below able seaman Syn: OS …   Wiktionary

  • ordinary seaman — or′dinary sea′man n. navig. a seaman insufficiently skilled to be classified as an able bodied seaman Abbr.: O.S. 3) • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

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