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n. pl. mas·ters-at-arms (măs′tərz-)
A petty officer assigned to maintain order.


n, pl masters-at-arms
(Nautical Terms) the senior rating, of Chief Petty Officer rank, in a naval unit responsible for discipline, administration, and police duties


n., pl. mas•ters-at-arms.
1. a naval petty officer who keeps order aboard ship.
2. an officer of an organization who keeps order.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.master-at-arms - the senior petty officermaster-at-arms - the senior petty officer; responsible for discipline aboard ship
P.O., petty officer, PO - a noncommissioned officer in the Navy or Coast Guard with a rank comparable to sergeant in the Army
References in classic literature ?
With an excellent master-at-arms that we have here.
Mrs Hall, from Fareham, Hants, a master-at-arms, said the first thing she did was rush home to tell her husband John, 40, a laminator, of her luck.
Mr Henderson, born in High Heaton, Newcastle, joined the Royal Navy, in 1944, aged 15, and served around the world during a 25-year career, rising to the rank of master-at-arms.
Her manager, Master-At-Arms Stuart Ranford, said: "Elizabeth was a typical, fun-loving young woman and a smart sailor who was enjoying her job here.
Budd's presence aboard the ship provokes in the master-at-arms a passionate desire to do malice.
The all-male cast features baritone Rodney Gilfry as Billy and bass Jeffrey Wells as Claggart, the master-at-arms maddened by Billy Budd's goodness and beauty.
Claggart, the master-at-arms in the novella, had it in for the young seaman, Billy Budd: "In Claggart was the mania of an evil nature, born with him and innate.
The protagonist is Captain Vere, who, despite some awareness of Billy's saintliness, must sentence the handsome fore-top man to death for murdering Claggart, the thoroughly evil master-at-arms.
Because Billy (brilliantly sung by Christopher Maltman) falls under the tyranny of the evil Master-at-Arms, Claggart (the excellent Stephen Richardson).
69) The Chief Master-at-Arms of a Navy Base Company agreed that the Navy's larger discriminatory practices put his black sailors on constant edge: "The boys are not getting what they were promised.
Chuck Sketch; Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Nathan DeWalt; and other wounded veterans who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
CCM, master-at-arms/leading chief petty officer, Law and Order Task Force, Brandon David Fowler, CCO, master-at-arms 3

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