waister (plural waisters)
- (nautical) A seaman stationed in the waist of a warship.
- "The largest division of a ship's company, and the most ignoble, was that of the waisters, the men stationed in the waist, the men " without art or judgment," who hauled aft the fore and main sheets, and kept the decks white." John Masefield, Sea Life in Nelson's Time, 1905 (p. 129).
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for waister in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)