Lieutenant commander

Lieutenant commander
Lieutenant Lieu*ten"ant (l[-u]*t[e^]n"ant), n. [F., fr. lieu place + tenant holding, p. pr. of tenir to hold, L. tenere. See {Lieu}, and {Tenant}, and cf. {Locum tenens}.] 1. An officer who supplies the place of a superior in his absence; a representative of, or substitute for, another in the performance of any duty. [1913 Webster]

The lawful magistrate, who is the vicegerent or lieutenant of God. --Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster]

2. (a) A commissioned officer in the army, next below a captain. (b) A commissioned officer in the British navy, in rank next below a commander. (c) A commissioned officer in the United States navy, in rank next below a lieutenant commander. [1913 Webster]

Note: Lieutenant is often used, either adjectively or in hyphened compounds, to denote an officer, in rank next below another, especially when the duties of the higher officer may devolve upon the lower one; as, lieutenant general, or lieutenant-general; lieutenant colonel, or lieutenant-colonel; lieutenant governor, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Deputy lieutenant}, the title of any one of the deputies or assistants of the lord lieutenant of a county. [Eng.]

{Lieutenant colonel}, an army officer next in rank above major, and below colonel.

{Lieutenant commander}, an officer in the United States navy, in rank next below a commander and next above a lieutenant.

{Lieutenant general}. See in Vocabulary.

{Lieutenant governor}. (a) An officer of a State, being next in rank to the governor, and in case of the death or resignation of the latter, himself acting as governor. [U. S.] (b) A deputy governor acting as the chief civil officer of one of several colonies under a governor general. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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