• "There stood Captain Knowlton."
    "There stood Captain Knowlton."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v captain be the captain of a sports team
    • n captain a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
    • n captain the pilot in charge of an airship
    • n captain the naval officer in command of a military ship
    • n captain a policeman in charge of a precinct
    • n captain an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
    • n captain the leader of a group of people "a captain of industry"
    • n captain an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Captain James Cook Captain James Cook
Billy Bull advising with Captain Talbot Billy Bull advising with Captain Talbot
Photo of Captain Paul Photo of Captain Paul

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Captain Jean-Luc Picard's (Star Trek) fish was named Livingston.
    • Captain A head, or chief officer
    • Captain A military leader; a warrior. "Foremost captain of his time."
    • Captain A person having authority over others acting in concert; as, the captain of a boat's crew; the captain of a football team.
    • Captain An officer in the United States navy, next above a commander and below a commodore, and ranking with a colonel in the army.
    • Captain By courtesy, an officer actually commanding a vessel, although not having the rank of captain.
    • a Captain Chief; superior. "captain jewes in the carcanet."
    • Captain One in charge of a portion of a ship's company; as, a captain of a top, captain of a gun, etc.
    • Captain The master or commanding officer of a merchant vessel.
    • Captain The foreman of a body of workmen.
    • Captain The military officer who commands a company, troop, or battery, or who has the rank entitling him to do so though he may be employed on other service.
    • v. t Captain To act as captain of; to lead. "Men who captained or accompanied the exodus from existing forms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 1st interracial kiss on TV took place Nov. 22, 1968 between Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt.Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on an episode of "Star Trek."
    • n captain One who is at the head of or has authority over others; a chief; a leader; a commander, especially in military affairs. In the Bible the term is applied to a king or prince, to a general or commander of an army, to the governor of a province, etc.
    • n captain More specifically
    • n captain In the army, the officer who commands a company, whether of infantry, cavalry, or artillery.
    • n captain In the navy, an officer next in rank above a commander, and ranking in the United States service with a colonel, and in the British with a lieutenant-colonel, and after three years' service with a colonel, in the army. Officers of this grade in the British service were formerly designated post-captains.
    • n captain The commander or master of a merchant vessel.
    • n captain In some of the public schools of England, a title given to the senior scholar.
    • n captain In base-ball, rowing, etc., the head or leader of the nine, the crew, or the body of players on one side.
    • n captain In mining, the head man or superintendent of the mining operations; the person who directs and is responsible for the miners' work. As a title, often abbreviated capt.
    • n captain A name commonly given, in the form long-finned captain, to the fish otherwise known as the lanthorn gurnard.
    • captain [The orig. (ML.) use, but in E. later than the noun use.] Of chief rank, excellence, or value; chief; principal.
    • captain Of commanding character; fitted to lead.
    • captain To act as leader to; be captain over; command.
    • n captain In archery: The winner of a captaincy at a shooting-match.
    • n captain A competitor at a shooting-match or public meeting assigned to a particular target to score for the other archers and to keep order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white, due to low budget.
    • n Captain kap′tān or kap′tin a head or chief officer: the commander of a troop of horse, a company of infantry, or a ship: the overseer of a mine: the leader of a team or club: the head-boy of a school
    • v.t Captain to lead
    • n Captain kap′tān or kap′tin, a head or chief officer: the commander of a troop of horse, a company of infantry, or a ship: the overseer of a mine: the leader of a team or club: the head-boy of a school
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  • Oliver Cromwell
    “I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “As a man handles his troubles during the day, so he goes to bed at night a General, Captain, or Private.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Come, let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me. All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more. Let's mock the midnight bell.”
  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Leadership is like the old galley ships. 100s are rowing, but only one (the captain) knows where they are going”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. capitain, captain, OF. capitain, F. capitaine,cf. Sp. capitan, It. capitano,), LL. capitaneus, capitanus, fr. L. caput, the head. See under Chief, and cf. Chieftain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. capitaine—Low L. capitaneus, chief—L. caput, head.


In literature:

Captain Chinks read his letter, and made his way down to the steamboat wharf.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
No pirate captain had ever deigned to notice them.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The Captain had now recovered sufficiently to get on his feet, and the fallen Jim was kicked until the Captain himself called a halt.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
Captain Kendall spoke to the flag-officer and to Captain Haven.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
You are an impudent young cub, and you are no more fit for a waiter than you are for a steamboat captain.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
The young captain was in the pilot-house of the Maud when the steamer was discovered.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
Captain Weatherall, who was the life and soul of his crew, was not found wanting on such an emergency.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
After breakfast the captain himself conducted O-Too to his sloop, and Captain Furneaux gave him a pair of goats.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
What would the captain be like?
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
The captain, (Captain Scoresby's father,) observing their timidity, called a boat, and himself struck a second harpoon.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Therefore you are soldiers,
Captains and guards,
Lead your playmates and be
Led by your God.
"Industry in Children. Proverb 22:6" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"I am the lowliest tar
That sails the water.
And you, proud maiden, are
My captain's daughter."
"Fragments" by Louisa May Alcott
His skipper (CAPTAIN JOYCE),
He gave him many a rating,
And almost lost his voice
From thus expostulating:
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And yet I know that Captain
All love and care to be;
He would not get impatient
With a raw recruit like me.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
CAPTAIN. Luis, sire, without delay
We secured; but not before
He killed three, and wounded more,
Of our company.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Still faithful to our God,
And to our Captain true,
We follow where He leads the way,
The kingdom still in view.
"Far Down the Ages Now" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

America Should Go 'Captain Kirk' And Destabilize Russia.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby battles for a puck with Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel during Wednesday's game at Consol Energy Center.
Meet Davis Murray, fleet captain for the annual Caribbean 1500 rally, the "mayor" of St Thomas, and a salty old Virgin Island sea dog who, on a lark, picked up a guitar and learned a whole new set of tricks.
Of course, DiMaggio emulated Gehrig when DiMaggio 's turn came to lead the Yankees, although he never was an official team captain, as the position laid vacant until catcher Thurman Munson was named captain on April 17, 1976.
Active-duty service members disenfranchised by Fla. Tampa-area resident and Navy captain Peter Kehring has spent more than 30 years in the US military.
KANELAND—For boys basketball, captains Matt Cowans, Tyler Callaghan and Chaon Denlinger were recognized.
Going at Terry Collins for pulling him is the emotion the captain should show.
Captain Nick Barran left this life-saving message when his boat was sinking.
THE PLAYERS' ace in the hole in their snail's-pace labor negotiations with the NFL owners is an 81-year-old ex-Marine captain from Coon Rapids, Minn. With a 28 golf handicap and a fondness for cigars.
Captain Frank Strickland and crew with a 78-pound wahoo caught on light tackle at the King Buster 400 Saturday.
A captain's log featuring team 3:33 AM Productions.
Loves Park Fire Department Captain Chip Evans hoses down the site of a field fire Monday, July 30, 2012, in Loves Park.
Marine Captain John Hudson (right) greets Navy Commander William Ecker, head of VFP-62, known as the "Fightin' Photo," at Florida's Homestead Air Force Base before a press conference in December 1962.
Tuesday evening, Eastlake City Council voted to reject a pair of bids to replace turf at Classic Park, home to the Lake County Captains.
Captain Edd Twigg, 72, passed away Aug 29, 2010.

In science:

Two team captains are choosing baseball teams from a finite set S of n players for the purpose of playing a single game against each other.
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
The payoff f (S1) for the first captain is the probability that the players in S1 (together with the first captain) would beat the players in S2 (together with the second captain).
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
The payoff function may be very complicated (depending on which players are skilled at which positions, which players have played together before, which players get along well with which captain, etc.).
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
Yet, despite all of that mental effort by the team captains, the final teams look no different than they would look if at each step both captains chose players uniformly at random.
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
In the alternating turn game, a captain can always wait to select a pitcher until just after the other captain selects a pitcher.
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games