from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who usually steers a ship's boat and has charge of its crew.
- n. A person in a racing shell who usually directs the rest of the crew.
- transitive v. To act as coxswain or serve as coxswain for.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In a ship's boat, the helmsman given charge of the boat's crew.
- n. In a rowing crew, the member who steers the shell and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers.
- n. The second or third mate of a vessel, in charge of the master's barge.
- n. A rank or position.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See cockswain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See cockswain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew
Everyone called the coxswain Adam, even his son and partner, Rufus the
When they shot around this, of course the coxswain was the only one who immediately saw the exciting scene presented.
At 2 a.m. the coastguard on Deal beach called the coxswain of the lifeboat, R. R.berts.
Whereupon Jack, calling the coxswain up out of the boat alongside for the purpose of keeping an eye upon things generally, and seeing that no trickery was attempted, went forward to the fore deck, where about three hundred men, women, and children were drawn up in four lines or ranks, two on each side of the deck.
Dance the coxswain was the first affected in that way, but after a few moments Mark felt that the poor fellow had been suffering in
"Keep up your spirits, dear Peggy," said Nell, in that sweet, cosy tone -- if we may say so -- which played such havoc in Bob's bosom at the time when she was known as the coxswain's bride.
It was a somewhat strange fancy, but the coxswain was a man who, having taken a fancy, was not easily turned from it.
"In, bows!" called the coxswain; and the two bowmen tossed and boated their oars, taking their stations in the fore-sheets, one of them with the boat-hook in his hand.
As the coxswain was a steady fellow, and the wind was fair, I had no anxiety as to their finding their way.
In fact, the coxswain is the commander of the boat's crew.