from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The chief of a gun's crew, generally a petty officer.


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  • His grief for his useless lump of iron was quickly cut short as a Congreve rushed past overhead, and another absolutely struck one of the cannon, spraying fire and shrapnel everywhere and mor tally wounding the Ab gun-captain.

    Flashman on the March

  • Now he was a gun-captain standing handy to his little pet and trying not to look too proud when he peeked up toward where I was.

    The U-boat hunters

  • And while I sat there, not feelin 'just like a high-score gun-captain after target-practice, I hears a light step behind me, and pretty soon I could feel an eye looking me over, and by'n'by a voice said: "A ver-ry fine good morning, sir."

    Sonnie-Boy's People

  • When, on the 22d day of April, 1898, Michael Mallia, gun-captain of the United States cruiser Nashville, sent a shell across the bows of the Spanish ship Buena Ventura, he gave the signal shot that ushered in a war for liberty for the slaves of Spain.

    Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom

  • He staggered back, and brought up against a gun-captain, his shoulders to the breech of the gun.

    The Gentleman A Romance of the Sea

  • Each gun-captain fought his own gun, regardless of the rest.

    The Gentleman A Romance of the Sea

  • Mr. Clarkson had incidentally informed his gun-captain, who told the gun-crew; and from them the news went down the hoist and spread.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea


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