from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A noncommissioned officer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A non-commissioned officer, such as a sergeant (army) or petty officer (navy).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A noncommissioned officer; a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviation of non-commissioned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel
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A long-term noncom who was kicked upstairs beyond his ability?
He has shown an attitude in the past which I can only characterize as noncom -, munal.
Some two-thirds were women, the very young, the old, the handicapped: time porters, nurses, whatever kind of noncombatants were required.
Tillman had left the military several years earlier, but everything about him shouted army noncom.
His maintenance person, an active-duty Navy petty officer, was to be the noncom in charge of keeping the aircraft airworthy until more parts and personnel could be flown in.
More banter went on until I finally convinced the Marine on the radio to put me on with the senior noncom present.
The sullen noncom had served under Wingate long enough for the general to know how the man operated.
At last the tough noncom had to turn away from the sight.
The tough noncom had no idea what to do about this development, so he handled it in the same, direct way he handled everything.
But it was just like the tough noncom to take it upon himself to do a thing like this.