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 for Ordinary seaman
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Seaman \Sea"man\, n.; pl. Seamen. [AS. saeman.]
     One whose occupation is to assist in the management of ships
     at sea; a mariner; a sailor; -- applied both to officers and
     common mariners, but especially to the latter. Opposed to
     landman, or landsman.
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     Able seaman, a sailor who is practically conversant with
        all the duties of common seamanship.
     Ordinary seaman. See Ordinary.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ordinary \Or"di*na*ry\, a. [L. ordinarius, fr. ordo, ordinis,
     order: cf. F. ordinaire. See Order.]
     1. According to established order; methodical; settled;
        regular. "The ordinary forms of law." --Addison.
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     2. Common; customary; usual. --Shak.
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              Method is not less requisite in ordinary
              conversation that in writing.         --Addison.
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     3. Of common rank, quality, or ability; not distinguished by
        superior excellence or beauty; hence, not distinguished in
        any way; commonplace; inferior; of little merit; as, men
        of ordinary judgment; an ordinary book.
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              An ordinary lad would have acquired little or no
              useful knowledge in such a way.       --Macaulay.
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     Ordinary seaman (Naut.), one not expert or fully skilled,
        and hence ranking below an able seaman.
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     Syn: Normal; common; usual; customary.
     Usage: See Normal. -- Ordinary, Common. A thing is
            common in which many persons share or partake; as, a
            common practice. A thing is ordinary when it is apt to
            come round in the regular common order or succession
            of events.
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