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

  • n. The captain of a ship, especially a merchant ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The captain of a vessel that sails upon the sea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The commanding officer of a sea-going vessel; a master mariner: a term more frequently used in connection with the merchant service than with the navy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

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