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Meaning of CAPTAIN

Pronunciation:  'kaptun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a diningroom attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
  2. [n]  the pilot ins charge of an airship
  3. [n]  the naval officer in command of a military ship
  4. [n]  a policeman in charge of a precinct
  5. [n]  an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
  6. [n]  the leader of a group of people; "a captain of industry"
  7. [n]  an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
  8. [v]  be the captain of a sports team

CAPTAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: chieftain, head waiter, maitre d'hotel, master, police captain, police chief, sea captain, senior pilot, skipper
 See Also: airplane pilot, Beria, Captain Kidd, Chief Constable, commissioned military officer, commissioned naval officer, dining-room attendant, flag captain, group captain, head, Kidd, Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria, lead, leader, officer, pilot, police officer, policeman, restaurant attendant, ship's officer, William Kidd



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cap"tain\ (k[a^]p"t[i^]n), n. [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}.]
    1. A head, or chief officer; as:
       (a) 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.
       (b) An officer in the United States navy, next above a
           commander and below a commodore, and ranking with a
           colonel in the army.
       (c) By courtesy, an officer actually commanding a vessel,
           although not having the rank of captain.
       (d) The master or commanding officer of a merchant vessel.
       (e) One in charge of a portion of a ship's company; as, a
           captain of a top, captain of a gun, etc.
       (f) The foreman of a body of workmen.
       (g) A person having authority over others acting in
           concert; as, the captain of a boat's crew; the captain
           of a football team.
                 A trainband captain eke was he.   --Cowper.
                 The Rhodian captain, relying on . . . the
                 lightness of his vessel, passed, in open day,
                 through all the guards.           --Arbuthnot.
    2. A military leader; a warrior.
             Foremost captain of his time.         --Tennyson.
    {Captain general}.
       (a) The commander in chief of an army or armies, or of the
       (b) The Spanish governor of Cuba and its dependent
    {Captain lieutenant}, a lieutenant with the rank and duties
       of captain but with a lieutenant's pay, -- as in the first
       company of an English regiment.
  2. \Cap"tain\, v. t.
    To act as captain of; to lead. [R.]
          Men who captained or accompanied the exodus from
          existing forms. --Lowell.
  3. \Cap"tain\, a.
    Chief; superior. [R.]
          captain jewes in the carcanet.           --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are a captain indicates that you are taking charge of your emotions and confronting your feelings and the things that are bothering you.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(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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