from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A warrant officer or petty officer in charge of a ship's rigging, anchors, cables, and deck crew.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The officer (or warrant officer) in charge of sails, rigging, anchors, cables etc. and all work on deck of a sailing ship.
- n. The petty officer of a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen.
- n. A kind of gull, the jaeger.
- n. The tropicbird.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer who has charge of the boats, sails, rigging, colors, anchors, cables, cordage, etc., of a ship, and who also summons the crew, and performs other duties.
- n. The jager gull.
- n. The tropic bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A subordinate officer of a ship, who has charge of the rigging, anchors, cables, and cordage.
- n. A jäger or skua; any bird of the genus Lestris or Stercorarius.
- n. A name of birds of the genus Phaëthon. See tropic-bird.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
Middle English botswein : bot, boat; see boat + swein, mate; see swain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
boat + swain (“boy, servant”) (Wiktionary)