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- n. Alternative form of hoveller.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who assists in saving life and property from a wreck; a coast boatman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. On some parts of the coast of England, one of a class of persons employed as non-certificated pilots, as wreckers, in landing passengers from ships by means of boats, etc.: probably so called from their use of hovels on shore for shelter.
- n. Hence An English coasting-vessel used for all sorts of work.
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