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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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Lieutenent General Mohab Memish, chairman of the SCA, said the project will be presented to the Cabinet in its final form for approval, as the appropriate first step in the planning stage for the project's implementation.
Sooner or later, there will be no escape from conducting a significant operation [in Gaza],' said Israeli army Chief of Staff Lieutenent General Benny Gantz on December 27, the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead.
She served during World War II as a General Duty Nurse and Lieutenent, stationed in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona from 1944 to 1948.