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for Warrant officer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Warrant \War"rant\, n. [OE. warant, OF. warant a warrant, a
defender, protector, F. garant, originally a p. pr. pf German
origin, fr. OHG. wer[=e]n to grant, warrant, G. gew[aum]hren;
akin to OFries. wera. Cf. Guarantee.]
1. That which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving
authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act,
instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes
another to do something which he has not otherwise a right
to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or
authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage;
commission; authority. Specifically:
(a) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money
or other thing.
(b) (Law) A precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an
officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or
do other acts incident to the administration of
(c) (Mil. & Nav.) An official certificate of appointment
issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned
officer. See Warrant officer, below.
2. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty;
I give thee warrant of thy place. --Shak.
His worth is warrant for his welcome hither. --Shak.
3. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] --Shak.
Bench warrant. (Law) See in the Vocabulary.
Dock warrant (Com.), a customhouse license or authority.
General warrant. (Law) See under General.
Land warrant. See under Land.
Search warrant. (Law) See under Search, n.
Warrant of attorney (Law), written authority given by one
person to another empowering him to transact business for
him; specifically, written authority given by a client to
his attorney to appear for him in court, and to suffer
judgment to pass against him by confession in favor of
some specified person. --Bouvier.
Warrant officer, a noncommissioned officer, as a sergeant,
corporal, bandmaster, etc., in the army, or a
quartermaster, gunner, boatswain, etc., in the navy.
Warrant to sue and defend.
(a) (O. Eng. Law) A special warrant from the crown,
authorizing a party to appoint an attorney to sue or
defend for him.
(b) A special authority given by a party to his attorney
to commence a suit, or to appear and defend a suit in
his behalf. This warrant is now disused. --Burrill.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: holds rank by virtue of a warrant
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
41 Moby Thesaurus words for "warrant officer":
NCO, acting corporal, acting sergeant, admiral, captain, centurion,
chief petty officer, chief warrant officer, color sergeant,
commander, commodore, corporal, ensign, first sergeant,
fleet admiral, havildar, lance corporal, lance sergeant,
lieutenant, lieutenant commander, lieutenant junior grade,
master sergeant, mess sergeant, naik, naval officer, navarch,
noncom, noncommissioned officer, petty officer, platoon sergeant,
rear admiral, sarge, sergeant, sergeant first class,
sergeant major, skipper, staff sergeant, technical sergeant,
top sergeant, topkick, vice admiral
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