American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A noncommissioned naval officer intermediate in rank between enlisted personnel and commissioned officers.
- n. A non-commissioned officer in the US and UK Navy and the US Coast Guard; roughly equivalent to a sergeant in the army
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. a subofficer in the navy, as a gunner, etc., corresponding to a noncommissionned officer in the army.
- n. a noncommissioned officer in the Navy or Coast Guard with a rank comparable to sergeant in the Army
“LEADING PETTY OFFICER: the senior petty officer in a work center, division, or department, responsible to the leading chief petty officer for the performance of the rest of the group.”
“Then Derfflinger was hit, the shell piercing a door with a glass window behind which a petty officer was standing and watching the battle.”
“Except for the two already out on the floor — John McNaughton in the Vermont house, and George Wing, a Crow Indian and former chief petty officer who was living in the tepee I'd seen — I also met my fellow candidates.”
“The transition from petty officer ranks to the chiefs’ mess is a major event in a sailor’s career.”
“Henry Kepler was a petty officer in the service of the reigning Duke, and in 1576 joined the army serving in the Netherlands.”
“It was the first-class petty officer seated next to the TACCO, the one with the finely trained eyes and ears who could sniff out the sound patterns made by machinery from among noise, signals from noise, submarines from surface ships, and friend from enemy.”
“The Navy Intelligence petty officer conducting the third briefing of the staff sergeant was clearly at the end of a long day.”
“As it happened, the line chief petty officer had had a hole in his night watchbill to fill.”
“Lazenby and the tech petty officer had caught on now.”
“With him was Commander Bird Dog Robinson and a chief petty officer that Coyote recognized as chief of the avionics division.”
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