Definitions

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

  • n. Skill in navigating or managing a boat or ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Skill in, and knowledge of, the work of navigating, maintaining, and operating a vessel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The skill of a good seaman; the art, or skill in the art, of working a ship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The skill of a good seaman; acquaintance with the art of managing and navigating a ship at sea.

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

  • n. skill in sailing

Etymologies

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seaman +‎ -ship

Examples

  • A series of forts was raised, commanding the principal harbours on the south coast; and a few ships, secretly prepared, were suddenly sent out under competent captains, to teach the channel pirates a lesson in English seamanship; which was very effectively accomplished.

    England under the Tudors

  • He said, "The essential of seamanship is anticipation."

    Experience on an Atlantic Convoy

  • It will be remembered that it was a badly wounded young paymaster, unversed in seamanship, that brought the Hardy out of Narvik harbour and so saved many of his shipmates to fight again.

    The Navy

  • Nevertheless, gentlemen, it is science, and not even the classics, that makes the man; as for a creature's getting the sciences by instinct, I shall contend it is against the possibilities, whereas the attainment of what you call seamanship, is among even the lesser probabilities. "

    The Two Admirals

  • The first is called seamanship; the second might be called shipmanship, but is, I believe, called navigation.

    Autobiographical Sketches

  • The escape from this grave predicament was an exploit of seamanship which is among the treasured memories of the service.

    The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812 The Chronicles of America Series, Volume 17

  • According to his classmates, with all of whom I find he was very popular, he stood high in the practical studies, such as seamanship, gunnery, navigation, and steam engineering, but in all else he was near the foot of the class, and in whatever escapade was risky and reckless he was always one of the leaders.

    Real Soldiers of Fortune

  • The "seamanship" is another thing, and that the master of the ship is responsible for ....

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • As a member you can take advantage of more advanced courses such as seamanship, sailing, piloting, cruise planning, weather and much more.

    Anderson Independent Mail Stories

  • In addition to teamwork, traditional skills such as seamanship, sailing, boat-building and rowing are taught.

    SIMCOE - Home

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  • So if you're a boatbuilder, does that mean you're good at shipship?

    August 23, 2011