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 for able 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.
     [1913 Webster]
     Able seaman, a sailor who is practically conversant with
        all the duties of common seamanship.
     Ordinary seaman. See Ordinary.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  able seaman
      n 1: a seaman in the merchant marine; trained in special skills
           [syn: able seaman, able-bodied seaman]

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