• WordNet 3.6
    • n midshipman a temporary rank held by young naval officers in training
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Midshipman (Zoöl) An American marine fish of the genus Porichthys, allied to the toadfish; also called singingfish.
    • Midshipman 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 required.
    • Midshipman 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.
    • Midshipman 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n midshipman A warrant officer in the British navy of the lowest grade of officers in the line of promotion. His special duties are to pass the orders of the captain and other quarter-deck officers to the crew and to superintend the performance of them.
    • n midshipman In the United States navy, formerly, an officer of corresponding rank and duties whose designation is now naval cadet.
    • n midshipman In ichthyology, a batrachoid fish, Porichthys margaritatus: so called from the rows of round luminous bodies along the belly, like the buttons of a naval cadet's coat. The body is naked, and there are several of these conspicuous lateral lines formed of shining pearl-like bodies embedded in the skin. The dorsal fin has two spines. The fish is common along the Pacific coast of the United States, and reaches a length of about 15 inches.
    • n midshipman In 1902, Congress abolished the title of naval cadet in the United States navy and restored the title of midshipman. These officers are not commissioned officers, but receive appointments on probation, on the nomination of the President of the United States, of senators, or of congressmen, and the passage of an entrance examination to the Naval Academy. The course of instruction at the Naval Academy lasts four years and is followed by two years at sea, after which midshipmen are promoted to ensigns or second lieutenants of marines upon passing a final examination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Midshipman in the British navy, an officer whose rank is next above that of a naval cadet: in the U.S. navy, the lowest grade of officers in the line of promotion, now called Naval cadet
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. (mid-), middgen; Ger. mitte and mittel, L. medius, Gr. mesos.


In literature:

His only son, a youth of promise, entered the navy as midshipman, and died at eighteen.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, Bay State Monthly, Volume 4, No. 4, April, 1886" by Various
I assure you although I serve the country for nothing I am determined no midshipman shall command me, let him be a chevalier or what he will.
"The Story of Commodore John Barry" by Martin Griffin
Mr. White, midshipman, has rendered me useful assistance.
"With the Naval Brigade in Natal (1899-1900)" by Charles Richard Newdigate Burne
I entered the Naval Academy, as an "acting midshipman," September 30, 1856.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
The Young Midshipman: A Story of the Bombardment of Alexandria.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
It is now further broken by the voice of the lieutenant, as also that of the midshipman.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
In 1805 he quitted the college, and obtaining a midshipman's warrant, entered the navy.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
He held a midshipman's warrant in the United States' navy, and went out on this voyage for practice in seamanship.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, June 1844" by Various
Mr. Giles, Midshipman, is a very sick man, he was taken ill in the Cabin this morning.
"The Voyage of the Oregon from San Francisco to Santiago in 1898" by R. Cross
A midshipman, M. Bommand, had the greatest trouble in rescuing her from the natives, and escorting her back to the ship.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

At the age of fourteen he resolved to go to sea,
So he entered the training ship Britannia belonging the navy,
And entered as a midshipman as he considered most fit
Then passed through the course of training with the greatest credit.
"The Death of Lord and Lady Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Midshipman, Then Pacifist: Rare Victory to Leave Navy.
Victor Nguyen, a Navy midshipman and graduate of Niwot High School, talks to Alexander Dawson School students in Lafayette on Tuesday.
Navy Midshipman First Class Johnny Schoberl is making his appearance on the mound, pitching for the US Military All-Stars during their Red, White and Blue Tour this summer.
Midshipman Manuel De La Cruz participates in the Navy Sea Trials at the Naval Academy.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Marylands 17-14 win over the Navy Midshipman .
Midshipman Impressive in Return.
Midshipman 's 3yo debut was a winning one.
Midshipman Returns to Action at Belmont.
Phil Butler (seen here as a POW, a midshipman with his father and a peace activist) has a special POW license plate.
Jacob Crim is a student and Navy ROTC midshipman at Duke University, majoring in environmental science and policy.
Quick Learner Midshipman Tries Norfolk.
Unbeaten Midshipman heads a field of 10 in the Norfolk Breeders Cup Stakes.
General in Petraeus investigation was midshipman, instructor, first Marine commandant.
A previous version of this article misstated the last name of a midshipman from Sun Valley, Idaho.
Highland's Kimberly Bernardy, a Naval Academy midshipman, to run in New York marathon.