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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Or·di·na·ry a.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.