American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard that is above captain and below vice admiral.
- n. One who holds this rank.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See admiral, 2.
- n. military, nautical a naval officer below the rank of vice admiral, originally in charge of a fleet's rear formation.
- n. slang A proctologist
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. an officer in the navy, next in rank below a vice admiral and above a commodore. See Admiral.
- n. an admiral junior to a vice admiral
“It's coming, though, there's no use denying that," said Alghafeki, here among his superiors because he was rear admiral in charge of the Roger 87 group, and under whose tactical command the operation would fall-if the operation was mounted.”
“When Nassau-Seigen greeted his co-commander and fellow rear admiral Paul Jones at the end of May, he oozed, You know my esteem and friendship.”
“Alghafeki was rear admiral in command of the Roger 87 group.”
“After serving under Beresford in the Mediterranean and Channel Fleets, he was promoted to rear admiral in 1910 and knighted in 1913.”
“He was promoted to rear admiral and knighted, and in February 1913 took command of the prestigious North American and West Indies Station.”
“He was the Director of Naval Intelligence and, in 1904, was promoted to rear admiral and given command of a cruiser squadron.”
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