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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard that is above rear admiral and below admiral.
  • n. One who holds this rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A naval rank between rear admiral and admiral
  • n. A flag officer in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, or Public Health Service Commissioned Corps having a grade superior to rear admiral (upper half) and junior to admiral. A vice admiral is equal in grade or rank to a lieutenant general, which is indicated by a 3-star insignia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A civil officer, in Great Britain, appointed by the lords commissioners of the admiralty for exercising admiralty jurisdiction within their respective districts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A degree of the rank of admiral. See admiral, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an admiral ranking below a full admiral and above a rear admiral


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