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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Admiral  \Ad"mi*ral\,  n.  [OE.  amiral,  admiral,  OF  amiral, 
  ultimately  fr  Ar  am[=i]r-al-bahr  commander  of  the  sea;  Ar 
  am[=i]r  is  commander,  al  is  the  Ar  article,  and  am[=i]r-al, 
  heard  in  different  titles,  was  taken  as  one  word  Early  forms 
  of  the  word  show  confusion  with  L.  admirabilis  admirable,  fr 
  admirari  to  admire.  It  is  said  to  have  been  introduced  into 
  Europe  by  the  Genoese  or  Venetians,  in  the  12th  or  13th 
  century.  Cf  {Ameer},  {Emir}.] 
  1.  A  naval  officer  of  the  highest  rank;  a  naval  officer  of 
  high  rank,  of  which  there  are  different  grades.  The  chief 
  gradations  in  rank  are  admiral,  vice  admiral,  and  rear 
  admiral.  The  admiral  is  the  commander  in  chief  of  a  fleet 
  or  of  fleets. 
 
  2.  The  ship  which  carries  the  admiral;  also  the  most 
  considerable  ship  of  a  fleet. 
 
  Like  some  mighty  admiral,  dark  and  terrible,  bearing 
  down  upon  his  antagonist  with  all  his  canvas 
  straining  to  the  wind,  and  all  his  thunders  roaring 
  from  his  broadsides.  --E.  Everett. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  handsome  butterfly  ({Pyrameis  Atalanta})  of 
  Europe  and  America.  The  larva  feeds  on  nettles. 
 
  {Admiral  shell}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  popular  name  of  an  ornamental 
  cone  shell  ({Conus  admiralis}). 
 
  {Lord  High  Admiral},  a  great  officer  of  state,  who  (when  this 
  rare  dignity  is  conferred)  is  at  the  head  of  the  naval 
  administration  of  Great  Britain. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  admiral 
  n  1:  the  supreme  commander  of  a  fleet;  ranks  above  a  vice  admiral 
  and  below  a  fleet  admiral  [syn:  {full  admiral}] 
  2:  any  of  several  brightly  colored  butterflies 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ADMIRAL,  n.  That  part  of  a  war-ship  which  does  the  talking  while  the 
  figure-head  does  the  thinking. 
 
 




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