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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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Liutenant Abu Hajaj added: "The Israelis have attacked several civilian defense compounds which include nothing except fire extinguishers and other fire fighting equipment.
Liutenant General Craig Campbell will move into Parnell's role, the governor said.
He is currently heading the Lord Liutenant's millennium committee, coordinating and recording the celebrations and cultural events, at the request of his successor in office.