executive officer

the officer second in command of a military or naval organization.
an officer charged with executive duties, as in a corporation.


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executive officer
1.  XO the second-in-command of any of certain military units
2.  a specialist seaman officer, responsible under the captain for the routine efficient running of the ship in the US, British (formerly), and certain other navies

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