Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is employed to stow and trim or shift coal on board vessels, either as cargo or as a supply for the furnaces.

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Examples

  • Petty pilfering and begging along the streets and docks, a trip or two to sea as mess-boy, a few trips more as coal-trimmer, and then, a full-fledged fireman, he had reached the top of his life.

    Man and the Abyss

  • Petty pilfering and begging along the streets and docks, a trip or two to sea as mess-boy, a few trips more as coal-trimmer, and then a full-fledged fireman, he had reached the top of his life.

    The People of the Abyss

  • Although his luck was bad in some respects, the coal-trimmer was endowed with the nine lives of a cat, for there could be no manner of doubt that he dragged himself aft just in time to avoid being killed.

    The Captain of the Kansas

  • Bound up in it are my poor Isobel, that beast, Ventana, and a drunken coal-trimmer.

    The Captain of the Kansas

  • a trip or two to sea as mess-boy, a few trips more as coal-trimmer, and then a full-fledged fireman, he had reached the top of his life.

    A MAN AND THE ABYSS

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