Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of one of the construction battalions in the U.S. Navy that builds naval aviation bases and shore facilities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A construction battalion, part of the United States Navy responsible for building, bulldozing, etc.

Etymologies

Alteration of cee bee, pronunciation of the initial letters of construction battalion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Phonetic rendering of the initials CB. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A former Navy "Seabee," Brown describes one of his previous jobs on his website bio page:

    The Nation: Top Stories

  • Already one of the most storied CB ( "Seabee") units within the U.S.

    Museum Blogs

  • Chakeres, a former Navy Seabee, said veterans are proud of their service and protective of their sacrifices.

    Media Coverage JULY 2009

  • Walker served two heavy combat tours in Vietnam as a Navy Seabee.

    Brigid Brett: Small Ceremonies

  • Seabee during Vietnam, during which he was a prisoner of war.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • The invasion involved the 3rd ,4th and 5th Marine Corps Divisions as well as Navy and Seabee personnel.

    NEWS February2010

  • Minor was serving as a senior "Seabee" in a fortified supply compound at the Iraq border when he was critically injured from a 30 foot fall during a blinding sand storm.

    Gary A. Officer: Rebuilding America Through Volunteerism; National Rebuilding Day

  • One of the women featured in the story was a former builder constructionman Amorita Randall, 27, who served six years as a Seabee.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Two stars of the British TV soap "EastEnders" demonstrate pleasing versatility: Samantha Womack sings and dances, despite a broken toe Nellie with a voice that has some Mary Martin-like steel-plating and a truly convincing Arkansas accent; and Alex Ferns, as the entrepreneurial Seabee Luther Billis, though weighing considerably more than "101 pounds of fun," wows us in Polynesian drag for "Honeybun."

    Falling in Love With the Barbican's Wonderful 'South Pacific'

  • Tom and Katherine, thanks for all the Seabee memories.

    A Soldier Not Yet Fallen

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.