Definition of Coxswain

1. Noun. The helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew.

Exact synonyms: Cox
Generic synonyms: Helmsman, Steerer, Steersman
Derivative terms: Cox



Definition of Coxswain

1. n. See Cockswain.

Definition of Coxswain

1. Noun. In a ship's boat, the helmsman given charge of the boat's crew. ¹

2. Noun. In a rowing crew, the member who steers the shell and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers. ¹

3. Noun. (archaic) The second or third mate of a vessel, in charge of the master's barge. ¹

4. Noun. (context: naval) A rank or position.

  1. ''Canadian Navy'' '''Coxswain''' (or '''Capitaine d'Armes''') is the senior non-commissioned officer aboard a ship
  2. ''British Royal Navy Cadets'' '''Cadet Coxswain''' is the highest normal rank which may be achieved.
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Definition of Coxswain

1. to steer a racing rowboat [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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coxswain (current term)
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Literary usage of Coxswain

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1. The Book of American Pastimes: Containing a History of the Principal Base by Charles A. Peverelly (1866)
"coxswain, RV De Witt, Jr.* For 1865.—coxswain, RV De Witt, Jr.* For 1866. ... In 1863 the officers were a President and coxswain; in 1864-65 a coxswain ..."

2. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"... Second Assistant Engineer ATE Mullan ; Master's Mate Paul Boyden; Frank Lucas, coxswain ; William ..."

3. A Narrative of Arctic Discovery, from the Earliest Period to the Present by John Joseph Shillinglaw (1851)
"... in which the immortal Nelson was coxswain—Captains Cook and Clerke, sent out on a Voyage of Discovery—Nootka Sound— Cook Killed at the Sandwich Islands ..."

4. Boating by Walter Bradford Woodgate (1888)
"THE coxswain AND STEERING. THE ' cock-swain' wins his place chiefly on account ... A coxswain is seldom a very practical oarsman, although there have been ..."

5. Practical Rowing with Scull and Sweep by Eugene Abraham Darling, Arthur Wesselhoeft Stevens (1906)
"THE coxswain UP to this point we have only commented on the work of those who are ... It is the duty of the coxswain in the stern to be eyes for his crew, ..."

6. Ballads of Old New York by Arthur Guiterman (1920)
"EIGHT OARS AND A coxswain Eight oars compel Our darting shelly Eight oar-blades flash the sun; ... coxswain."

7. History of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770: Consisting of the Narrative by Frederic Kidder, John Adams (1870)
"... and that when he had got on the wharf that the said master gave the pistols to the coxswain of the barge; and further saith not. WILLIAM RHODES. ..."

8. The Book of American Pastimes: Containing a History of the Principal Base by Charles A. Peverelly (1866)
"coxswain, RV De Witt, Jr.* For 1865.—coxswain, RV De Witt, Jr.* For 1866. ... In 1863 the officers were a President and coxswain; in 1864-65 a coxswain ..."

9. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"... Second Assistant Engineer ATE Mullan ; Master's Mate Paul Boyden; Frank Lucas, coxswain ; William ..."

10. A Narrative of Arctic Discovery, from the Earliest Period to the Present by John Joseph Shillinglaw (1851)
"... in which the immortal Nelson was coxswain—Captains Cook and Clerke, sent out on a Voyage of Discovery—Nootka Sound— Cook Killed at the Sandwich Islands ..."

11. Boating by Walter Bradford Woodgate (1888)
"THE coxswain AND STEERING. THE ' cock-swain' wins his place chiefly on account ... A coxswain is seldom a very practical oarsman, although there have been ..."

12. Practical Rowing with Scull and Sweep by Eugene Abraham Darling, Arthur Wesselhoeft Stevens (1906)
"THE coxswain UP to this point we have only commented on the work of those who are ... It is the duty of the coxswain in the stern to be eyes for his crew, ..."

13. Ballads of Old New York by Arthur Guiterman (1920)
"EIGHT OARS AND A coxswain Eight oars compel Our darting shelly Eight oar-blades flash the sun; ... coxswain."

14. History of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770: Consisting of the Narrative by Frederic Kidder, John Adams (1870)
"... and that when he had got on the wharf that the said master gave the pistols to the coxswain of the barge; and further saith not. WILLIAM RHODES. ..."

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