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 for petty officer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Petty \Pet"ty\ (p[e^]t"t[y^]), a. [Compar. Pettier
     (p[e^]t"t[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Pettiest.] [OE. petit, F.
     petit; probably of Celtic origin, and akin to E. piece. Cf.
     Little; trifling; inconsiderable; unimportant; also,
     inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; petty complaints; a
     petty prince. --Denham.
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           Like a petty god
           I walked about, admired of all.          --Milton.
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     Petty averages. See under Average.
     Petty cash, money expended or received in small items or
     Petty officer, a subofficer in the navy, as a gunner, etc.,
        corresponding to a noncommissionned officer in the army.
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     Note: For petty constable, petty jury, petty larceny, petty
           treason, See Petit.
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     Syn: Little; diminutive; inconsiderable; inferior; trifling;
          trivial; unimportant; frivolous.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  petty officer
      n 1: a noncommissioned officer in the Navy or Coast Guard with a
           rank comparable to sergeant in the Army [syn: petty
           officer, PO, P.O.]

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