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admiral

An admiral is the commander of a fleet. In the navy, admiral is one of the highest ranks.

The military is full of rankings, such as captain, private, major, and corporal. Another is admiral, a ranking specific to the navy. While a captain is in charge of one ship, an admiral leads more than one ship: a bunch of ships, which are called a fleet. There are also a few different types of admirals, such as full admiral and vice admiral. Similarly, Battlestar Galactica’s Commander Adama becomes Admiral Adama as a result of leading more than one ship.

Definitions of admiral
  1. noun
    the supreme commander of a fleet; ranks above a vice admiral and below a fleet admiral
    synonyms: full admiral
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    Captain Bligh
    British admiral; was captain of the H.M.S. Bounty in 1789 when part of the crew mutinied and set him afloat in an open boat; a few weeks later he arrived safely in Timor 4,000 miles away (1754-1817)
    Sir Francis Drake
    English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
    Viscount Nelson
    English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805)
    Isoroku Yamamoto
    Japanese admiral who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 (1884-1943)
    type of:
    flag officer
    a senior naval officer above the rank of captain
  2. noun
    any of several brightly colored butterflies
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    type of:
    brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly
    medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
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