from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An enlisted member of the armed forces, such as a corporal, sergeant, or petty officer, appointed to a rank conferring leadership over other enlisted personnel.
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- noun A person of authority in the military who has not received a
commission(a direct conveyance of authority from the sovereign government); as such they can have charge or control but not command in the most technical use of the word.
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- noun a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel
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