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 for A ship''s husband
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Husband \Hus"band\, n. [OE. hosebonde, husbonde, a husband, the
     master of the house or family, AS. h?sbonda master of the
     house; h?s house + bunda, bonda, householder, husband; prob.
     fr. Icel. h?sb[=o]ndi house master, husband; h?s house +
     b?andi dwelling, inhabiting, p. pr. of b?a to dwell; akin to
     AS. b?an, Goth. bauan. See House Be, and cf. Bond a
     slave, Boor.]
     1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy
        of a family. [Obs.]
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     2. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. [Obs.] --Shak.
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              The painful husband, plowing up his ground.
                                                    --Hakewill.
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              He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his
              domestic and field accommodations.    --Evelyn.
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     3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a
        frugal person; an economist. [R.]
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              God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a
              good husband, to improve the short remnant left me.
                                                    --Fuller.
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     4. A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to
        wife.
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              The husband and wife are one person in law.
                                                    --Blackstone.
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     5. The male of a pair of animals. [R.] --Dryden.
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     A ship's husband (Naut.), an agent representing the owners
        of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts.
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