privateer

Definitions

  • French dogs loaned by private families
    French dogs loaned by private families
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n privateer a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation
    • n privateer an officer or crew member of a privateer
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The murder rate in the United States is about four times greater than in Japan. In Japan, no private citizen can buy a handgun legally
    • Privateer An armed private vessel which bears the commission of the sovereign power to cruise against the enemy. See Letters of marque, under Marque.
    • Privateer The commander of a privateer. "Kidd soon threw off the character of a privateer and became a pirate."
    • v. i Privateer To cruise in a privateer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first-lady of the U.S. is considered a private citizen.
    • n privateer An armed vessel owned and officered by private persons, but acting under a commission from the state usually called letters of marque. It answers to a company on land raised and commanded by private persons, but acting under regulations emanating from the supreme authority, rather than to one raised and acting without license, which would resemble a privateer without commission. (Woolsey, Introd. to Inter. Law, § 121.)
    • n privateer The commander of, or a man serving on board of, a privateer.
    • privateer To cruise in a privateer for the purpose of seizing an enemy's ships or annoying his commerce. Privateering was abolished by the treaty of Paris of 1856, and this article has been assented to by nearly all civilized nations; the most prominent exception is the United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 48 Gutenberg Bibles still in existence. Two of them were in Germany during World War II and are missing, but many book collectors believe them to be in private collections.
    • n Privateer prī-va-tēr′ an armed private vessel commissioned by a government to seize and plunder an enemy's ships: the commander of a privateer
    • v.i Privateer to cruise in a privateer: to fit out privateers
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Quotations

  • Edmund Waller
    Edmund Waller
    “The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest, savors too much of private interest.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Private reproof is the best grave for private faults.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Private bravery is often the price of personal victory.”
  • James Baldwin
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    “Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.”
  • Nahum Tate
    Nahum Tate
    “Friendship's the privilege of private men; for wretched greatness knows no blessing so substantial.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Private

Usage

In literature:

Mr Lochore devoted much of his time to private study.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
To extend the list is the function of all public libraries, as well as of most of the private ones.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
They were 60 days on the drift, and five of them died of privations.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
As for me, I never have none of these private dealings.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Private Kelly spat out two loose front teeth and some blood.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
There was no authority or doctrine which could set limits to private passion.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
In 1806 a disaster occurred, which reduced the elder colony to severe privation.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Private Binny can speak to him then.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
He had done more, he had formed a small private company in which he held most of the shares himself.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Indeed, his private life displayed no redeeming feature.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
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In poetry:

Go! wearing the gray of grief!
Go! watch o'er the dead in gray!
Go! guard the private and guard the chief,
And sentinel their clay!
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
"No truly great or generous cove
Deserving of them names,
Would sneer at a fixed idea that's drove
In the mind of a PRIVATE JAMES!"
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert
At Kershope foot the tryst was set,
Kershope of the lilye lee;
And there was traitour Sim o' the Mains,
With him a private companie.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
Thus, from her castles coming forth,
She wanders many a summer hour,
Bearing the ring of private worth
Upon the silver wand of Power.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Said GENERAL JOHN, "Upon your claims
No need your breath to waste;
If this is a joke, FULL-PRIVATE JAMES,
It's a joke of doubtful taste.
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert
None such shall be left alive:
The innocent wing is soon shot down,
And private stars fade in the blood-red dawn
Where two worlds strive.
"The Conflict" by Cecil Day Lewis

In news:

Karns made it his mission to begin procuring antlers and raised about $100,000 in private donations for the cause.
The city has stepped in to stop a tony Manhattan prep school from selling an affordable housing complex to a private developer.
CBP Issues Revised Private Air APIS Guide.
The Texas governor has insisted that he went to this weekend's prayer festival as a private citizen.
Aaron Curry, Canton, who serves with Company B, 2-108th Infantry, was promoted to the rank of Private First Class.
Public-private partnerships are being used as a tool to help governments balance their budgets, and ARRA funding is helping pay for a road and bridge project in Marion, Ohio — all in the the second-half 2011 Keating report.
An Art Dealer 's Private Collection.
Private Reception for 40 Under 40.
Government union members now outnumber private for the first time.
Is from a private collection in Virginia.
Pazz and Jop 2010 Rise of the Douchebags Kanye West and James Murphy turn their private flaws into public triumphs By Zach Baron.
When Private Foundations Augment Public Education, Everybody Wins.
'Private Practice's' Kate Walsh Developing Semi- Autobiographical Comedy at NBC.
Private Practice 's Kate Walsh may have found her next project.
Warner Bros, 1979 The B-52 's sounds like high school friends cramming their in-jokes, wacky sounds and private nicknames into a New Wave LP.
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In science:

The Kida vortex promoted by Pelz (2001) as a scenario for a singularity has recently been shown to be regular by Grauer (private communication).
Computational Euler History
The question must be selected privately using a randomizing device provided by the interviewer and should remain undisclosed at all times.
Negative Surveys
Finally, it is worth pointing out the existence of mechanisms for conducting direct response surveys privately.
Negative Surveys
With this scheme respondents provided with a fair, t − 1 sided, die can select an answer by privately obtaining a value m, and choosing, for instance, the mth true option from the top, skipping over the false category if needed.
Negative Surveys
Negative surveys are closely related to randomized response techniques (RRTs): both aim at conducting private surveys and both rely on the (secret) use of a randomizing device to answer questionnaires.
Negative Surveys
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