Midshipman
Midshipman Mid"ship`man, n.; pl. {Midshipmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. (a) Formerly, a kind of naval cadet, in a ship of war, whose business was to carry orders, messages, reports, etc., between the officers of the quarter-deck and those of the forecastle, and render other services as required. (b) In the English naval service, the second rank attained by a combatant officer after a term of service as naval cadet. Having served three and a half years in this rank, and passed an examination, he is eligible to promotion to the rank of lieutenant. (c) In the United States navy, the lowest grade of officers in line of promotion, being students or graduates of the Naval Academy awaiting promotion to the rank of ensign. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) An American marine fish of the genus {Porichthys}, allied to the toadfish; also called {singingfish}. [1913 Webster]

{Cadet midshipman}, formerly a title distinguishing a cadet line officer from a cadet engineer at the U. S. Naval Academy. See under {Cadet}.

{Cadet midshipman}, formerly, a naval cadet who had served his time, passed his examinations, and was awaiting promotion; -- now called, in the United States, {midshipman}; in England, {sublieutenant}. [1913 Webster]


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  • midshipman — ⇒MIDSHIPMAN, subst. masc. MAR. Aspirant ou cadet dans la marine militaire britannique et américaine. Ainsi, la fortune qui donne les grades dans l armée anglaise, est sans influence pour l avancement dans la marine. «Le moindre midshipman peut… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • midshipman — Mid ship man, n.; pl. {Midshipmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. (a) Formerly, a kind of naval cadet, in a ship of war, whose business was to carry orders, messages, reports, etc., between the officers of the quarter deck and those of the forecastle, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Midshipman — (engl., spr. middschipmǟn, »Mittschiffsmann«), in der englischen und nordamerikan. Kriegsmarine Name der Seekadetten, denen die veraltete Schiffsetikette den Raum zwischen Groß und Kreuzmast anwies …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • midshipman — (n.) c.1600, so called because he was stationed amidships when on duty (see AMID (Cf. amid)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • midshipman — [mid′ship΄mən, mid ship′mən] n. pl. midshipmen [mid′ship΄mən] [aphetic for amidshipmen, from being amidships when on duty] 1. a student in training for the rank of ensign; specif., such a student at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis 2. a junior …   English World dictionary

  • Midshipman — This article is about the naval rank. For the fish, see midshipman fish. For the sports teams of the U.S. Naval Academy, see Navy Midshipmen. For the novel about Horatio Hornblower, see Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. Common anglophone military ranks… …   Wikipedia

  • Midshipman — Midshipmen (Mittschiffsleute) sind in der britischen Royal Navy und der US Navy Fähnriche zur See (früher Seekadetten), die nach der Lehre des Seedienstes und bestandener Prüfung Schiffsoffiziere werden. Sie tragen ihren Namen, weil sie dereinst …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Midshipman — Cadet (grade militaire) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Cadet. Cadet, est un grade subalterne ou un élève officier dans diverses armées. États Unis Aux États Unis, l US Navy et l US Marine Corps utilisent le terme de Midshipman, alors que l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • midshipman — UK [ˈmɪdʃɪpmən] / US [ˈmɪdˌʃɪpmən] noun [countable] Word forms midshipman : singular midshipman plural midshipmen UK [ˈmɪdʃɪpmən] / US [ˈmɪdˌʃɪpmən] an officer of low rank in the British Navy …   English dictionary

  • midshipman — Singing Sing ing, a. & n. from {Sing}, v. [1913 Webster] {Singing bird}. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Popularly, any bird that sings; a song bird. (b) Specifically, any one of the Oscines. {Singing book}, a book containing music for singing; a book of tunes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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