Definitions for "Able seaman"
Keywords:  seaman, navy, landmen, seamen, ordinary
(AS) Merchant Navy seaman, certified to carry out routine duties at sea. This rank is higher than an Ordinary Seaman
(A.B., a shortening of Able-bodied seaman): A seaman able to perform all duties, especially handling the standing and running rigging of a ship.
a seaman in the merchant navy; trained in special skills