Found 2 items, similar to midshipman.
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n : a temporary rank held by young naval officers in training
English → English
a. & n. from Sing
(a) Popularly, any bird that sings; a song bird.
(b) Specifically, any one of the Oscines.
, a book containing music for singing; a book
or Singing hawk
. (Zo["o]l.) See Chanting falcon
, under Chanting
(Zo["o]l.), a California toadfish (Porichthys porosissimus
), called also midshipman
; -- so called
because it produces a buzzing sound with its air bladder.
(Acoustics), a flame, as of hydrogen or coal
gas, burning within a tube and so adjusted as to set the
air within the tube in vibration, causing sound. The
apparatus is called also chemical harmonicon
, a man who teaches vocal music.
, a school in which persons are instructed in
, n.; pl. Middies
A colloquial abbreviation of midshipman
, n.; pl. Midshipmen
(a) Formerly, a kind of naval cadet, in a ship of war,
whose business was to carry orders, messages, reports,
etc., between the officers of the quarter-deck and
those of the forecastle, and render other services as
(b) In the English naval service, the second rank attained
by a combatant officer after a term of service as
naval cadet. Having served three and a half years in
this rank, and passed an examination, he is eligible
to promotion to the rank of lieutenant.
(c) In the United States navy, the lowest grade of
officers in line of promotion, being students or
graduates of the Naval Academy awaiting promotion to
the rank of ensign.
2. (Zo["o]l.) An American marine fish of the genus
, allied to the toadfish; also called
, formerly a title distinguishing a cadet
line officer from a cadet engineer at the U. S. Naval
Academy. See under Cadet
, formerly, a naval cadet who had served
his time, passed his examinations, and was awaiting
promotion; -- now called, in the United States,
; in England, sublieutenant