1. According to established order; methodical; settled; regular. “The ordinary forms of law.”
2. Common; customary; usual.
Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation that in writing. --Addison.
3. Of common rank, quality, or ability; not distinguished by superior excellence or beauty; hence, not distinguished in any way; commonplace; inferior; of little merit; as, men of ordinary judgment; an ordinary book.
An ordinary lad would have acquired little or no useful knowledge in such a way. --Macaulay.
Ordinary seaman Naut., one not expert or fully skilled, and hence ranking below an able seaman.
Syn: -- Normal; common; usual; customary.
Usage: See Normal. -- Ordinary, Common. A thing is common in which many persons share or partake; as, a common practice. A thing is ordinary when it is apt to come round in the regular common order or succession of events.
Sea·man n.; pl. Seamen One whose occupation is to assist in the management of ships at sea; a mariner; a sailor; -- applied both to officers and common mariners, but especially to the latter. Opposed to landman, or landsman.
Able seaman, a sailor who is practically conversant with all the duties of common seamanship.
Ordinary seaman. See Ordinary.