[mid-ship-muh n, mid-ship-] /ˈmɪdˌʃɪp mən, mɪdˈʃɪp-/

noun, plural midshipmen.
a student, as at the U.S. Naval Academy, in training for commission as ensign in the Navy or second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
Compare (def 2).
British Navy.

Also called singingfish. any toadfish of the genus Porichthys, having many small luminous organs on the underside and producing a buzzing sound with its air bladder.
noun (pl) -men
a probationary rank held by young naval officers under training, or an officer holding such a rank
any of several American toadfishes of the genus Porichthys, having small light-producing organs on the undersurface of their bodies

c.1600, so called because he was stationed amidships when on duty (see amid).


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