Sub-captain



noun
1.
a person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.
2.
an officer ranking in most armies above a first lieutenant and below a major.
3.
an officer in the U.S. Navy ranking above a commander and below a rear admiral or a commodore.
4.
a military leader.
5.
an officer in the police department, ranking above a lieutenant and usually below an inspector.
6.
an officer of the fire department, usually in command of a company, ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief or assistant chief.
7.
the commander of a merchant vessel.
Compare staff captain.
8.
the pilot of an airplane.
9.
a local official in a political party responsible for organizing votes on a ward or precinct level.
10.
Sports. the field leader of a team:
The captain of the home team elected to receive on the kickoff.
11.
a person of great power and influence, especially based on economic wealth.
12.
headwaiter.
13.
bell captain.
14.
South Midland and Southern U.S. an unofficial title of respect for a man (sometimes used humorously or ironically).
verb (used with object)
15.
to lead or command as a captain.
noun
1.
the person in charge of and responsible for a vessel
2.
an officer of the navy who holds a rank junior to a rear admiral but senior to a commander
3.
an officer of the army, certain air forces, and the marine corps who holds a rank junior to a major but senior to a lieutenant
4.
the officer in command of a civil aircraft, usually the senior pilot
5.
the leader of a team in games
6.
a person in command over a group, organization, etc; leader: a captain of industry
7.
(US) a police officer in charge of a precinct
8.
(US & Canadian) (formerly) a head waiter
9.
(US & Canadian) Also called bell captain. a supervisor of bellboys in a hotel
10.
(Austral, informal) a person who is buying drinks for people in a bar
verb
11.
(transitive) to be captain of

(1.) Heb. sar (1 Sam. 22:2; 2 Sam. 23:19). Rendered “chief,” Gen. 40:2; 41:9; rendered also “prince,” Dan. 1:7; “ruler,” Judg. 9:30; “governor,’ 1 Kings 22:26. This same Hebrew word denotes a military captain (Ex. 18:21; 2 Kings 1:9; Deut. 1:15; 1 Sam. 18:13, etc.), the “captain of the body-guard” (Gen. 37:36; 39:1; 41:10; Jer. 40:1), or, as the word may be rendered, “chief of the executioners” (marg.). The officers of the king’s body-guard frequently acted as executioners. Nebuzar-adan (Jer. 39:13) and Arioch (Dan. 2:14) held this office in Babylon. The “captain of the guard” mentioned in Acts 28:16 was the Praetorian prefect, the commander of the Praetorian troops. (2.) Another word (Heb. katsin) so translated denotes sometimes a military (Josh. 10:24; Judg. 11:6, 11; Isa. 22:3 “rulers;” Dan. 11:18) and sometimes a civil command, a judge, magistrate, Arab. _kady_, (Isa. 1:10; 3:6; Micah 3:1, 9). (3.) It is also the rendering of a Hebrew word (shalish) meaning “a third man,” or “one of three.” The LXX. render in plural by _tristatai_; i.e., “soldiers fighting from chariots,” so called because each war-chariot contained three men, one of whom acted as charioteer while the other two fought (Ex. 14:7; 15:4; 1 Kings 9:22; comp. 2 Kings 9:25). This word is used also to denote the king’s body-guard (2 Kings 10:25; 1 Chr. 12:18; 2 Chr. 11:11) or aides-de-camp. (4.) The “captain of the temple” mentioned in Acts 4:1 and 5:24 was not a military officer, but superintendent of the guard of priests and Levites who kept watch in the temple by night. (Comp. “the ruler of the house of God,” 1 Chr. 9:11; 2 Chr. 31:13; Neh. 11:11.) (5.) The Captain of our salvation is a name given to our Lord (Heb. 2:10), because he is the author and source of our salvation, the head of his people, whom he is conducting to glory. The “captain of the Lord’s host” (Josh. 5:14, 15) is the name given to that mysterious person who manifested himself to Abraham (Gen. 12:7), and to Moses in the bush (Ex. 3:2, 6, etc.) the Angel of the covenant. (See ANGEL.)

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