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

  • n. The officer in command of a merchant ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The master of a ship; a captain; a commander.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The captain, master, or commander of a ship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The captain, master, or commander of a ship.


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  • The sometime alcalde and the shipmaster were the talkers, the student sitting as though he were in the desert, eating bread and cheese and onions and looking on his book.


  • Cabeça de Vaca and the shipmaster were the only men capable of handling an oar in their boat.

    Days of the Discoverers

  • You can bet I'm glad they took my nickname from 'shipmaster' rather than from 'little cannon.'

    Speaker for the Dead

  • The book starts by attempting to establish a commonly recognized definition of 'shipmaster', described in general terms as 'a qualified seafarer in charge of a ship '. - Photown News

  • The 47-year-old shipmaster was charged with liability for a vessel causing damage in a marine park, an offense that carries a maximum 55,000 Australian dollar ($51,200) fine.

    Australia Arrests Chinese Ship Captain, Senior Officer, Who Smashed Great Barrier Reef

  • The point of view is from the shipmaster, Inigo, who finds a girl on a pirate ship.

    REVIEW: Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds

  • Accustomed to the more finite responsibilities of shipmaster and business executive, he now found himself attempting to steer a political movement.

    Robert Morris

  • A federal investigation concluded that Exxon and its employees committed a long list of mistakes that led to the disaster, including failing to supervise a drunken shipmaster or acknowledging that the crew was overworked and exhausted.

    Javier Sierra: An Industry Drunken with Profits

  • Anaximander may have already used the image of the shipmaster of the universe (Kahn 1960: 238).

    Doctor, My Eyes

  • The Plaintiff cites the following: "Under what is called international law, the law of the flag, a shipowner who sends his vessel into a foreign port gives notice by his flag to all who enter into contracts with the shipmaster that he intends the law of the flag to regulate those contracts with the shipmaster that he either submit to its operation or not contract with him or his agent at all."

    Sound Politics: Neal Starkman Wants To Help The Republicans


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