• WordNet 3.6
    • n purser an officer aboard a ship who keeps accounts and attends to the passengers' welfare
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Purser A clerk on steam passenger vessels whose duty it is to keep the accounts of the vessels, such as the receipt of freight, tickets, etc.
    • Purser (Naut) A commissioned officer in the navy who had charge of the provisions, clothing, and public moneys on shipboard; -- now called paymaster.
    • Purser Colloquially, any paymaster or cashier.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purser An official charged with the keeping of accounts and the disbursing of money; specifically, an officer who keeps the accounts of a ship, and has charge of the provisions, pay, etc.: now called in the navy paymaster.
    • n purser In mining, the paymaster or cashier of a mine, and the official to whom notices of transfer are sent for registration in the cost-book.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Purser an officer who has charge of the provisions, clothing, and accounts of a ship, now termed a 'paymaster;' Purs′ership
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Purse, and cf. Bursar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. borse (Fr. bourse)—Low L. bursa—Gr. byrsa, a hide.


In literature:

But at last he was on board, and whispered his question to the purser.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The whole of the mail was saved, the purser bringing it into the cabin, whence it was fished out and taken on board the tug.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
Mr Grimwood," she explained, "is the purser.
"The First Mate" by Harry Collingwood
The commander obliged the purser to apologize to Barney.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
The purser's steward's help.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It's the little purser!
"Athelstane Ford" by Allen Upward
Suddenly Jack recollected what the purser had said about the diamonds.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
We heard from Mr. Hooper, the purser, who was in her, that after waiting in vain for the barge's return, he set fire to the prahus.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
The purser managed to find a large stateroom for them, containing three berths.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
Tyrrell and Purser, iv.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Likewise stood up the owner, boatswain, purser, and every man well armed.
"The True Story Book"
Purser Stockton once told me that he had purchased this home for seven thousand dollars.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
If it ain't that I don't know what it is, and I ought to know, seeing I am purser.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
As we neared Wrangell the next afternoon I tackled the purser about carrying my horse.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
I'll see the Purser.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
But perhaps they had merely been to see the purser, and were now on their way back.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
The purser had joined us, and many of the crew.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The purser supplied him with the drug, and he immediately started on his return.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I want to see the purser of this ship.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
Walk of a purser's mate.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In news:

Crews will start working on the section of road, between Purser Avenue and US 74, starting Monday, July 16.
On Saturday, Towanda High School graduate Leslie A Purser officially became one of fewer than 10 female major general s in the Army Reserve.
Purser, daughter of Marilyn R Miller of York Avenue, Towanda, is slated to receive a second star after serving 31 years in uniform.
Team in second place at Pacific Invitational, Purser and Keiley in top five.
Bell County jury awards $18M in damages in Purser family case.
Purser 's body bent left at the waist, willing the ball to hook back, just a little bit, just this once.
Earlier in the day, Purser had beaten Andrew Barton 2-and-1 in the round of 32, but against Schulz, Purser 's putting proved to be his downfall.
Cody Allen Purser , 18, of Manila, died Monday, May 7, 2007, at his home.
Survivors include his parents, Tracy and Pam Purser of Manila.
Betty L Purser , 73, died Nov 7, 2005, at St Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
The jewelry is from a single purser's bag found during a 1987 research and recovery mission.
Santizo was nominated by Jonathan Purser, Operator of Chick- fil -A at Calhoun Restaurant.
The Vashon Island couple, married by Sharon Purser, took advantage of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe's offer to host same-sex weddings on its grounds the first day it was allowed in the state.
Learn about men's and women's hormones from an expert as Dr Dan Purser leads a workshop, " Hormone Health," from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, Nov 17, at Sunset Whitney Country Club, 4201 Midas Ave, Rocklin.
In September 2001, I was a purser for Northwest Airlines.

In science:

Both types are distinguished by the model, and the resulting paths of action considered. Finally, to determine the damage amount on individual occupants the Fractional Effective Dose (FED) model by Purser is applied .
Behaviour and Perception-based Pedestrian Evacuation Simulation