from The Century Dictionary.
- To provide with an inadequate number of officers, as a regiment or a ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A subordinate officer.
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- noun A
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Also hanging on the wall was a portrait of Stavrakios: a tough-looking, bandy-legged man who, but for his gilded armor, seemed more like a veteran underofficer than an Avtokrator.
He was an underofficer; he wanted to, and had the right to, make his voice heard.
With what might have been a smile, the underofficer said, "How can any man know what another man is thinking?"
"He doesn't look very happy, does he?" the underofficer said in a low voice.
Other than that, nothing in army life that Gremio had seen fazed the underofficer.
Thinking along with himas the underofficer so often didSergeant Thisbe asked, "What if they're hammering us at the far end of the line?"
On the other hand, the company would lose far and away its best underofficer if he did.
"This whole business of being an underofficer seems like more trouble than it's worth," he said.
But he'd been a common soldier longer than he'd been an underofficer.
Everybody laughed: even Werferth, whose dignity as an underofficer was menaced; even Sidroc, who still despised Ceorl whenever the two of them weren't fighting the Unkerlanters.