sublieutenant
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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  • Sublieutenant — Sub lieu*ten ant, n. [Pref. sub + lieutenant: cf. F. sous lieutenant.] An inferior or second lieutenant; in the British service, a commissioned officer of the lowest rank. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sublieutenant — [sub΄lo͞o ten′ənt; ] Brit [, sub΄lef ten′ənt] n. Brit. a naval officer ranking below a lieutenant …   English World dictionary

  • sublieutenant — UK [ˌsʌblefˈtenənt] / US [ˌsʌbluˈtenənt] noun [countable] Word forms sublieutenant : singular sublieutenant plural sublieutenants an officer of middle rank in the British Navy …   English dictionary

  • sublieutenant — noun Date: 1796 a commissioned officer in the British navy ranking immediately below lieutenant …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sublieutenant — sublieutenancy, n. /sub looh ten euhnt/, n. Brit. a navy officer ranking next below a lieutenant. [1695 1705; SUB + LIEUTENANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • sublieutenant — sub|lieu|ten|ant [ˌsʌblefˈtenənt, lə US lu: ] n a middle rank in the Royal Navy or someone who has this rank …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sublieutenant — sub·lieu·ten·ant || ‚sÊŒbluː tenÉ™nt /‚sÊŒblef tenÉ™nt n. officer ranking below a lieutenant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sublieutenant — noun (C) a middle rank in the Royal Navy, or someone who has this rank …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sublieutenant — sub·lieutenant …   English syllables

  • sublieutenant — sub•lieu•ten•ant [[t]ˌsʌb luˈtɛn ənt[/t]] n. brit. mil an officer in the British navy ranking next below a lieutenant • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

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