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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  • Morris was hosting friends at his town house for a Sunday afternoon dinner when a sea captain strode up to announce news from the waterfront: a mail ship had arrived from Cádiz, Spain, bearing word that preliminary articles for peace had been signed January 20 in Paris.

    Robert Morris

  • I should never have let that sea captain in to see Mr. Bondy.

    The War with the Newts

  • Grant, being our leader, was called “General Grant,” and Bill was “Captain Semen” because he looks like a sea captain with a thick brown beard and his last name, Nemes, when spelled backward is, conveniently, “semen.”

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • And it's all my fault; I should never have let that sea captain in to see Mr. Bondy.

    The War with the Newts

  • If I hadn't let that sea captain in to see Mr. Bondy that time then the whole course of history would have been different.

    The War with the Newts

  • Named to command was Joshua Barney, the young sea captain commissioned by Morris in 1776, who had since been captured four times by the British and four times had escaped.

    Robert Morris

  • In 1697, a Dutch sea captain chanced upon a black swan in Australia, at which point the null hypothesis was proven true and the white swan theory had to be discarded.

    The Panic Virus

  • Fabbio perched at the very prow of the boat, standing tall and pointing left, like a sea captain or a hunting dog, as if pointing was very important.

    May Bird, Warrior Princess

  • “Mr. Morris has left the Marine Board,” one sea captain observed, “and everything is going to the devil as fast as can.”

    Robert Morris

  • "I don't know but ... maybe I should never have let that sea captain in to see Mr. Bondy!"

    The War with the Newts


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