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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Captain  \Cap"tain\,  v.  t. 
  To  act  as  captain  of  to  lead.  [R.] 
 
  Men  who  captained  or  accompanied  the  exodus  from 
  existing  forms.  --Lowell. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Captain  \Cap"tain\,  a. 
  Chief;  superior.  [R.] 
 
  captain  jewes  in  the  carcanet.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Captain  \Cap"tain\  (k[a^]p"t[i^]n),  n.  [OE.  capitain,  captain, 
  OF  capitain,  F.  capitaine  (cf.  Sp  capitan,  It  capitano), 
  LL  capitaneus  capitanus  fr  L.  caput  the  head.  See  under 
  {Chief},  and  cf  {Chieftain}.] 
  1.  A  head,  or  chief  officer;  as: 
  a  The  military  officer  who  commands  a  company,  troop,  or 
  battery,  or  who  has  the  rank  entitling  him  to  do  so 
  though  he  may  be  employed  on  other  service. 
  b  An  officer  in  the  United  States  navy,  next  above  a 
  commander  and  below  a  commodore,  and  ranking  with  a 
  colonel  in  the  army. 
  c  By  courtesy,  an  officer  actually  commanding  a  vessel, 
  although  not  having  the  rank  of  captain. 
  d  The  master  or  commanding  officer  of  a  merchant  vessel. 
  e  One  in  charge  of  a  portion  of  a  ship's  company;  as  a 
  captain  of  a  top  captain  of  a  gun,  etc 
  f  The  foreman  of  a  body  of  workmen. 
  g  A  person  having  authority  over  others  acting  in 
  concert;  as  the  captain  of  a  boat's  crew;  the  captain 
  of  a  football  team. 
 
  A  trainband  captain  eke  was  he  --Cowper. 
 
  The  Rhodian  captain,  relying  on  .  .  .  the 
  lightness  of  his  vessel,  passed,  in  open  day 
  through  all  the  guards.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  2.  A  military  leader;  a  warrior. 
 
  Foremost  captain  of  his  time.  --Tennyson. 
 
  {Captain  general}. 
  a  The  commander  in  chief  of  an  army  or  armies,  or  of  the 
  militia. 
  b  The  Spanish  governor  of  Cuba  and  its  dependent 
  islands. 
 
  {Captain  lieutenant},  a  lieutenant  with  the  rank  and  duties 
  of  captain  but  with  a  lieutenant's  pay  --  as  in  the  first 
  company  of  an  English  regiment. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  captain 
  n  1:  an  officer  holding  a  rank  below  a  major  but  above  a 
  lieutenant 
  2:  the  naval  officer  in  command  of  a  military  ship  [syn:  {skipper}] 
  3:  a  policeman  in  charge  of  a  precinct  [syn:  {police  captain}, 
  {police  chief}] 
  4:  an  officer  who  is  licensed  to  command  a  merchant  ship  [syn: 
  {master},  {sea  captain},  {skipper}] 
  5:  the  leader  of  a  group  of  people;  "a  captain  of  industry" 
  [syn:  {chieftain}] 
  6:  the  pilot  ins  charge  of  an  airship  [syn:  {senior  pilot}] 
  7:  a  diningroom  attendant  who  is  in  charge  of  the  waiters  and 
  the  seating  of  customers  [syn:  {head  waiter},  {maitre 
  d'hotel}] 
  v  :  be  the  captain  of  a  sports  team 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Captain 
  (1.)  Heb.  sar  (1  Sam.  22:2;  2  Sam.  23:19).  Rendered  "chief," 
  Gen.  40:2;  41:9;  rendered  also  "prince,"  Dan.  1:7;  "ruler," 
  Judg.  9:30;  "governor,'  1  Kings  22:26.  This  same  Hebrew  word 
  denotes  a  military  captain  (Ex.  18:21;  2  Kings  1:9;  Deut.  1:15; 
  1  Sam.  18:13,  etc.),  the  "captain  of  the  body-guard"  (Gen. 
  37:36;  39:1;  41:10;  Jer.  40:1),  or  as  the  word  may  be  rendered, 
  "chief  of  the  executioners"  (marg.).  The  officers  of  the  king's 
  body-guard  frequently  acted  as  executioners.  Nebuzar-adan  (Jer. 
  39:13)  and  Arioch  (Dan.  2:14)  held  this  office  in  Babylon. 
 
  The  "captain  of  the  guard"  mentioned  in  Acts  28:16  was  the 
  Praetorian  prefect,  the  commander  of  the  Praetorian  troops. 
 
  (2.)  Another  word  (Heb.  katsin)  so  translated  denotes 
  sometimes  a  military  (Josh.  10:24;  Judg.  11:6,  11;  Isa.  22:3 
  "rulers;"  Dan.  11:18)  and  sometimes  a  civil  command,  a  judge, 
  magistrate,  Arab.  _kady_,  (Isa.  1:10;  3:6;  Micah  3:1,  9). 
 
  (3.)  It  is  also  the  rendering  of  a  Hebrew  word  (shalish) 
  meaning  "a  third  man,"  or  "one  of  three."  The  LXX.  render  in 
  plural  by  _tristatai_;  i.e.,  "soldiers  fighting  from  chariots," 
  so  called  because  each  war-chariot  contained  three  men,  one  of 
  whom  acted  as  charioteer  while  the  other  two  fought  (Ex.  14:7; 
  15:4;  1  Kings  9:22;  comp.  2  Kings  9:25).  This  word  is  used  also 
  to  denote  the  king's  body-guard  (2  Kings  10:25;  1  Chr.  12:18;  2 
  Chr.  11:11)  or  aides-de-camp. 
 
  (4.)  The  "captain  of  the  temple"  mentioned  in  Acts  4:1  and 
  5:24  was  not  a  military  officer,  but  superintendent  of  the  guard 
  of  priests  and  Levites  who  kept  watch  in  the  temple  by  night. 
  (Comp.  "the  ruler  of  the  house  of  God,"  1  Chr.  9:11;  2  Chr. 
  31:13;  Neh.  11:11.) 
 
  (5.)  The  Captain  of  our  salvation  is  a  name  given  to  our  Lord 
  (Heb.  2:10),  because  he  is  the  author  and  source  of  our 
  salvation,  the  head  of  his  people,  whom  he  is  conducting  to 
  glory.  The  "captain  of  the  Lord's  host"  (Josh.  5:14,  15)  is  the 
  name  given  to  that  mysterious  person  who  manifested  himself  to 
  Abraham  (Gen.  12:7),  and  to  Moses  in  the  bush  (Ex.  3:2,  6,  etc.) 
  the  Angel  of  the  covenant.  (See  {ANGEL}.) 
 




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