noun (plural masters-at-arms) Date: 1732 a petty officer charged with maintaining discipline aboard ship

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  • Master-at-arms — Rating insignia Issued by: United States Navy Type Enlisted rating Abbreviation MA …   Wikipedia

  • master-at-arms — n. (Naut.) The senior petty officer of a ship, responsible for discipline aboard the ship. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • master-at-arms — [mas′tərət ärmz′, mäs′tərət ärmz′] n. pl. masters at arms U.S. Navy a petty officer responsible for keeping order, maintaining discipline, taking charge of prisoners, etc. on a ship or in a shore station …   English World dictionary

  • master-at-arms — n an officer with police duties on a ship …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • master-at-arms — noun a) A warrant officer or chief petty officer responsible for discipline aboard a naval ship. Then he was telling us the master at arms comes along with a long cane and he draws out and he flogs the bloody backside off of the poor lad till he… …   Wiktionary

  • master-at-arms — mas′ter at arms′ n. pl. mas•ters at arms 1) navig. a naval petty officer who keeps order aboard ship 2) an officer of an organization who keeps order • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • master-at-arms — /mas teuhr euht ahrmz , mah steuhr /, n., pl. masters at arms. 1. an officer of a fraternal organization, veterans society, or the like, empowered to maintain order, exclude unauthorized persons, etc. 2. Navy. a petty officer who has various… …   Universalium

  • master-at-arms — noun (plural masters at arms) a warrant officer appointed to carry out or supervise police duties on board a ship …   English new terms dictionary

  • master-at-arms — noun (C) an officer with police duties on a ship …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • master-at-arms — /mastər ət ˈamz/ (say mahstuhr uht ahmz) noun Nautical 1. a petty officer in the navy responsible for the maintenance of disciplinary regulations on board ship. 2. an officer on a merchant ship performing the same function …   Australian English dictionary

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