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  • n. Plural form of ensign.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of ensign.


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  • Four thousand men were lost, three standards belonging to the second legion and eleven ensigns from the Latin allies fell into the enemy's hands, together with a large quantity of arms which the fugitives, finding that they hampered their flight through the forest tracks, had everywhere thrown away.

    The History of Rome, Vol. V

  • The ensigns were the oldest students-in their mid-twenties-left from the school at Tolaria, and their parties were picked from late-teens who had volunteered knowing the dangers they would face.

    Time Streams

  • Now Pilate, who was sent as procurator into Judea by Tiberius, sent by night those images of Caesar that are called ensigns into Jerusalem.

    The Wars of the Jews; or the history of the destruction of Jerusalem

  • 29 And Pilate called the ensigns who before had borne the standards, and swore to them, that if they had not borne the standards in that manner when Jesus before entered in, he would cut off their heads.

    Forbidden books of the original New Testament

  • 24 Then the governor called the ensigns, and said unto them, Why did you do thus?

    Forbidden books of the original New Testament

  • Some of the horsemen of the papal army made a desperate attempt to rally, but Bayard and another captain called their ensigns and rode straight at them, with the cry of: "France!

    Bayard: the Good Knight Without Fear and Without Reproach

  • Unlike his prospective audience, and in violation of convention, the man wore aristocratic clothes: a silver-and-black suit, cut broadly across the shoulders and adorned with senatorial ensigns, which seemed intended to convey the impression of both the martial and political skills of its wearer.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

  • He threaded his way past a couple of ensigns who were fitting the center seat and console panels that the Clyde had just brought across.

    Star Trek The Next Generation®

  • Braddock also gave him blank commissions for ensigns and the power to appoint whomever he thought fit in the Virginia troops.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Subalterns would number twenty lieutenants and ten ensigns.

    George Washington’s First War


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