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An able seaman is a skilled seaman. Such a man is termed an A.B. (Able-Bodied); unskilled seamen are called “boys” without regard to age.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Abessa
Abesta
Abeyance
Abhigit
Abhor
Abiala
Abida
Abidharma
Abigail
Abimelech
Able
Able-bodied Seaman
Aboard
Abolla
Abominate
Abomination of Desolation (The)
Abon Hassan
Abonde (Dame)
Abortive Flowers
Abou ebn Sina
Abou-Bekr

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