crew

A crew is an organized group of workers. A crew might keep a ship sailing smoothly or pave a road smoothly. Either way, crew implies cooperation among workers.

If you're hired as a member of a ship's crew, it will be your job (along with the other crew members), to keep the boat running smoothly, and the passengers happy and well-fed. Crews are usually a group of people who work together on a ship, airplane, or movie — but the word is also a slang term for a group of friends who hang out together — like a crowd or posse.

Definitions of crew
  1. noun
    an organized group of workers
    synonyms: gang, work party
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    shift
    a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
    detail
    a crew of workers selected for a particular task
    chain gang
    a gang of convicts chained together
    ground crew, ground-service crew
    the crew of technicians and mechanics who service aircraft on the ground
    road gang
    a gang of road workers
    section gang
    a work crew assigned to a section of a railroad
    stage crew
    crew of workers who move scenery or handle properties in a theatrical production
    day shift, day watch
    workers who work during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
    evening shift
    workers who work during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight)
    graveyard shift, night shift
    workers who work during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)
    relay
    a crew of workers who relieve another crew
    type of:
    social unit, unit
    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
  2. noun
    the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)
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    air crew, aircrew
    the crew of an aircraft
    merchant marine
    the crew of a merchant vessel
    bomber aircrew, bomber crew
    the crew of a bomber
    type of:
    social unit, unit
    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
  3. noun
    the team of rowers manning a racing shell
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    squad, team
    a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
  4. noun
    the act of rowing as a sport
    synonyms: row, rowing
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    crab
    a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
    sculling
    rowing by a single oarsman in a racing shell
    type of:
    athletics, sport
    an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
  5. verb
    serve as a crew member on
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    man
    provide with workers
  6. noun
    an informal body of friends
    synonyms: bunch, crowd, gang
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    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
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