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- n. A seaman stationed in the waist of a warship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A seaman, usually a green hand or a broken-down man, stationed in the waist of a vessel of war.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A green hand on board a whaler, usually placed in the waist of the vessel until qualified for more responsible duties.
- n. On a naval vessel, formerly, one of a class of old men who have been disabled or grown gray without rising in the service.
waist + -er (Wiktionary)