captain Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
noun the naval officer in command of a military ship
noun a policeman in charge of a precinct
police chief; police captain.
noun an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
master; skipper; sea captain.
noun the leader of a group of people
- a captain of industry
noun the pilot in charge of an airship
noun a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
maitre d'; maitre d'hotel; headwaiter.
verb be the captain of a sports team
A head, or chief officer; as: (a) The military officer who commands a company, troop, or battery, or who has the rank entitling him to do so though he may be employed on other service. (b) An officer in the United States navy, next above a commander and below a commodore, and ranking with a colonel in the ermy. (c) By courtesy, an officer actually commanding a vessel, although not having the rank of captain. (d) The master or commanding officer of a merchant vessel. (e) One in charge of a portion of a ship's company; as, a captainof a top, captainof a gun, etc. (f) The foreman of a body of workmen. (g) A person having authority over others acting in concert; as, the captainof a boat's crew; the captainof a football team.
A trainband captain eke was he. Cowper.
The Rhodian captain, relying on . . . the lightness of his vessel, passed, in open day, through all the guards. Arbuthnot.
A military leader; a warrior.
Foremost captain of his time. Tennyson.
Cap"tain transitive verb
To act as captain of; to lead.R.
Men who captained or accompanied the exodus from existing forms. Lowell.
captain jewes in the carcanet. Shak.
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