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rear admiral

noun
1.
U.S. Navy, Coast Guard. a commissioned officer next in rank below a vice-admiral.
Origin of rear admiral
1580-1590
1580-90
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  • He had hoisted his rear-admiral's flag on the "Erzherzog Ferdinand Max."

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • The ship of Van Kelson, the Dutch rear-admiral, was blown up after this.

  • Balderick complained, that all the recompence he had received for his long and hard service, was the half-pay of a rear-admiral.

  • The vice-admiral escaped, but the rear-admiral, of 44 guns, was captured.

  • rear-admiral Wallace was promoted to full command of the fleet during my absence therefrom, with the title of admiral.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • "I want one of the young gentlemen, sentry," said the rear-admiral.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • No sooner had the rear-admiral determined on his course, than he summoned his agents to put it in execution.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • At the end of the hour, the rear-admiral bethought him of retiring too.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Our rear-admiral, nevertheless, was not a vulgar dreamer, on such occasions.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The rear-admiral regarded his friend intently, as if inviting him to proceed.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for rear-admiral

rear admiral

noun
1.
an officer holding flag rank in any of certain navies, junior to a vice admiral
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