Lieutenant

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LIEUTENANT. This word has now a narrower meaning than it formerly had; its true meaning is a deputy, a substitute, from the French lieu, (place or post) and tenant (holder). Among civil officers we have lieutenant governors, who in certain cases perform the duties of governors; (vide, the names of the several states,) lieutenants of police, &c. Among military men, lieutenant general was formerly the title of a commanding general, but now it signifies the degree above major general. Lieutenant colonel, is the officer between the colonel and the major. Lieutenant simply signifies the officer next below a captain. In the navy, a lieutenant is the second officer next in command to the captain of a ship.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Three thousand six hundred and twenty-seven fathoms," replied the lieutenant, entering it in his notebook.
It is ten o'clock, and with your permission, lieutenant, I will turn in."
The lieutenant bowed, understanding that the king had told him all he had to say.
It threw out a reddish, unequal light, sometimes brilliant, sometimes dull, and the tall shadow of the lieutenant was seen marching on the wall, in profile, like a figure by Callot, with his long sword and feathered hat.
"Ask those chaps at The Hague," Lieutenant Godfrey answered.
Fentolin," Lieutenant Godfrey shouted, "and many thanks."
The youth noted with vague surprise that the lieutenant was standing mutely with his legs far apart and his sword held in the manner of a cane.
And not only was the young lieutenant outwardly careless of the immediate future and of his surroundings, but actually so.
Jones answered: "That he had not mentioned anything of enlisting himself; that he was most zealously attached to the glorious cause for which they were going to fight, and was very desirous of serving as a volunteer;" concluding with some compliments to the lieutenant, and expressing the great satisfaction he should have in being under his command.
The first sergeant of Lieutenant Dudley's company stepped to the front and began to name the men in alphabetical order.
Lieutenant Crayford instantly led her out of the dance, and took her into the cool and empty conservatory, at the end of the room.
Four of the twenty were dead, a dozen others were wounded, and Lieutenant D'Arnot was missing.