verb (used with object)
- capsulolenticular cataract,
- captain cooker,
- captain jack,
- captain of industry,
- captain's bed,
- captain's biscuit
Origin of captain
Examples from the Web for captain
He flew with Captain Irianto, 53, who had 20,000 hours experience, more than 6,000 hours on the A320.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
My nickname was Captain, though I was a private, first class.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They castigated the captain, a 48-year-old Indonesian, and his rookie copilot, a 24-year-old Indian.
After the captain made the call to abandon ship, 150 people were able to escape on lifeboats lowered by electronic arms.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I believe there was a captain aboard, but Hughes kept throwing him out of the cockpit.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finding that the propeller would now work, Captain Williamson gave orders for full speed astern.First at the North Pole|Edward Stratemeyer
Captain Zoss was ahead of the others and was on top of the cliff when Earl shouted to him.To Alaska for Gold|Edward Stratemeyer
"There be scores of inns near the river," said the captain to the girl.Captain Ravenshaw|Robert Neilson Stephens
"I hope you have made no mistake, my lad," anxiously said Captain Daly.Wizard Will|Prentiss Ingraham
They were quickly taken to private rooms, where the captain was attended by a police surgeon.The Captain's Toll-Gate|Frank R. Stockton
Word Origin for captain
late 14c., capitayn, "a leader, chief, one who stands at the head of others," from Old French capitaine "captain, leader," from Late Latin capitaneus "chief," noun use of adjective capitaneus "prominent, chief," from Latin caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum).
Military sense of "officer who commands a company" (rank between major and lieutenant) is from 1560s; naval sense of "officer who commands a man-of-war" is from 1550s, extended to "master or commander of a vessel of any kind" by 1704. Sporting sense is first recorded 1823.
1590s, from captain (n.). Related: Captained; captaining.