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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  • Retired vice admiral Sir Reginald Bacon, a protégé of Fisher, the first captain of Dreadnought, and a staunch Jellicoe admirer, wrote a book titled The Jutland Scandal.

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  • He became a vice admiral in 1907 and second in command of the Mediterranean Fleet, then Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet.

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  • Further, Maximilian von Spee, a proud man, a vice admiral in the Imperial Navy, the commander of the only remaining overseas squadron of the German fleet, had no thought of wasting Scharnhorst and Gneisenau as lone commerce raiders.

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  • In 1911, he became second in command of the Home Fleet and in 1912 was promoted to vice admiral and returned to the Admiralty as Second Sea Lord.

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  • A vice admiral with a curt voice and jerky neurotic move­ments said sharply: "And I say we're barbarians even to dream of carrying on another interstellar war!

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  • Complaints were heard again when it became known that he was to be made an acting vice admiral and second in command of the Mediterranean Fleet.

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  • As vice admiral commanding the Battle Cruiser Squadron, he far outranked the three commodores, Goodenough, Tyrwhitt, and Keyes.

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  • In November 1913, he was promoted to vice admiral and sent to command the East Asia Squadron.

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  • As Invincible and Inflexible had to come home, this would have meant transferring Sturdee to Carnarvon, an inferior command for a vice admiral and a public slap on the heels of his recent triumph.

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