from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. formerly, a warrant officer, ranking next below a lieutenant, whose duties were to navigate the vessel; and under the direction of the executive officer, to attend to the stowage of the hold, to the cables, rigging, etc. The grade was merged in that of master in 1862.
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- n. the ship's officer in charge of navigation
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