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Definition of Admiral

  ADMIRAL   noun
That part of a war-ship which does the talking while the figure-head does the thinking.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?ĉdm?r?l n. 1 a the commander-in-chief of a country's navy. b a naval officer of high rank, the commander of a fleet or squadron. c (Admiral) an admiral of the second grade. 2 any of various butterflies (red admiral; white admiral). ĝAdmiral of the Fleet an admiral of the first grade. Fleet Admiral US = Admiral of the Fleet. ĝĝadmiralship n. [ME f. OF a(d)mira(i)l etc. f. med.L a(d)miralis etc., f. Arab. ' amir commander (cf. AMIR), assoc. with ADMIRABLE]

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