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.

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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.
There was something curious in this little in- tent pause of the lieutenant.
The silent ranks were suddenly thrilled by the eager voice of the youthful lieutenant bawling out: "Here they come
Lieutenant Smith-Oldwick realized in a quick glance that the direction of their approach and their proximity had cut off all chances of retreating to his plane, and he also understood that their attitude was entirely warlike and menacing.
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.
When all was safe as possible against attack of wild beasts and savage men, Lieutenant Charpentier placed sentries about the little camp and the tired and hungry men threw themselves upon the ground to sleep.