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first officer

n
1. (Nautical Terms) another name for first mate
2. (Aeronautics) the member of an aircraft crew who is second in command to the captain
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first′ mate′


n.
the officer of a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. Also called first officer , mate.
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"Ye've made a sore hash of my brig; I haven't hands enough left to work her; and my first officer (whom I could ill spare) has got your sword throughout his vitals, and passed without speech.
"Ay," said Hoseason, "but my first officer is dead -- ye ken best how.
John Alvarez, my first officer, is twenty years my senior.
And then he saluted me, and strode from the bridge, a martyr to loyalty and friendship, for, though no man might know that Lieutenant Jefferson Turck had taken his ship across thirty, every man aboard would know that the first officer had committed a crime that was punishable by both degradation and death.
It was a full hour later that the first officer returned to report the outcome of the search.
"The first officer, who searched his luggage, found nothing to identify John Caldwell, of London.
A hurried tramping sounded on the deck; the captain, summoned from below, joined the first officer, who stood looking at the barometer.
There was a panic among some of the passengers, and a few excited men behaved in a way that caused prompt action on the part of the first officer, who drove them back to the main cabin under threat of a revolver.
You seem to know everything, so I expect that you know that I met her when she was a passenger and I was first officer of the ROCK OF GIBRALTAR.
"She's going to dry-dock, you see; and you can catch her as late as five to-morrow afternoon--at least, so her first officer told me."
He and first officer Ajit Sidhu have four short domestic flights ahead, but the tail-end of storm Freya means everyone is in for a bumpy ride.