Topman vs Seaman - What's the difference?

topman | seaman |


As nouns the difference between topman and seaman

is that topman is (nautical) the man stationed in the top on a sailing vessel, responsible for the setting of the sails while seaman is a mariner or sailor, one who mans a ship opposed to landman or landsman.

topman

English

Noun

(topmen)
  • (nautical) The man stationed in the top on a sailing vessel, responsible for the setting of the sails
  • The uppermost sawyer in a sawpit; a topsman.
  • seaman

    English

    Noun

    (seamen)
  • A mariner or sailor, one who mans a ship. Opposed to landman or landsman.
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  • (British, Navy) The lowest ranking in the Navy, below Able Seaman.
  • (US, Navy) An enlisted rate in the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, ranking below petty officer third class and above seaman apprentice.
  • A merman; the male of the mermaid.
  • Not to mention mermaids or seamen. — .

    See also

    * ("seaman" on Wikipedia)