• WordNet 3.6
    • n commodore a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a captain and below a rear admiral; the lowest grade of admiral
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Commodore (British Navy) A captain commanding a squadron, or a division of a fleet, or having the temporary rank of rear admiral.
    • Commodore A familiar for the flagship, or for the principal vessel of a squadron or fleet.
    • Commodore A title given by courtesy to the senior captain of a line of merchant vessels, and also to the chief officer of a yachting or rowing club.
    • Commodore (U. S. Navy) An officer who ranks next above a captain; sometimes, by courtesy, the senior captain of a squadron. The rank of commodore corresponds with that of brigadier general in the army.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n commodore An officer in the navy next in rank below a rear-admiral and above a captain. In the navy of the United States (in which the office was first created in 1862) a commodore ranks with a brigadier-general in the army, and may command a division or a squadron, or be chief of staff of a naval force commanded by an admiral or a vice- or rear-admiral; or he may command ships of the first class, or naval stations. In the British navy the rank of commodore is a temporary one, and of two kinds, of which the first conveys authority over a captain in the same ship, while the second does not. The former gives the rank, pay, and allowances of a rear-admiral; the latter, the pay and allowances of a captain. They both carry distinguishing pennants. Abbreviated Com.
    • n commodore By courtesy or by extension— The senior captain when three or more ships of war are cruising in company. Before 1862 captains in the United States Navy commanding or having commanded squadrons were recognized as commodores by courtesy.
    • n commodore The senior captain of a line of merchant vessels.
    • n commodore The president of a yachting-club or of an organization of boat-clubs.
    • n commodore The convoy or leading ship in a fleet of merchantmen, which carries a light in her top to conduct the other ships.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Commodore kom′o-dōr in the royal navy, a rank intermediate between an admiral and a captain: the leading ship in a fleet of merchantmen: the president of a yacht-club, also his vessel at a regatta.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. a corruption of commander, or Sp. comendador, a knight of a military order who holds a commandery; also a superior of a monastery, fr. LL. commendare, to command. Cf. Commend Command Commander
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from Dut. kommandeur.


In literature:

Barclay, Commodore, at battle of Lake Erie, II.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Captain Shuffles was planking the quarter-deck with the commodore.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Grant was urging Commodore Foote to send boats up the Cumberland to co-operate in an attack on Donelson.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
When I attempted to approach the Commodore on his flag ship I was, in my raiment, a sight.
"Between the Lines" by Henry Bascom Smith
Here, Commodore Warren, with his fleet, very unexpectedly joined the expedition.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Commodore Chauncey manoeuvred to gain the wind.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
The commodore directed her to join company; her boats would be an important addition to the proposed expedition.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Early in March Commodore Blankett set sail from Spithead with four ships, having on board part of the 78th regiment, besides marines.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
The younger man escaped unscathed, but the commodore was slightly wounded during the fight.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
This made Captain Barry the Commodore or ranking officer in the naval operations in Delaware Bay.
"The Story of Commodore John Barry" by Martin Griffin
Commodore Patterson was requested to arm such vessels lying in the river as were ready, and to drop down and take station opposite the enemy.
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Zachary F. Smith
In the meantime Commodore W. H. Macomb sent orders to Captain J.
"Reminiscences of Two Years in the United States Navy" by John M. Batten
The commodore should be treated with the same consideration as an admiral.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
We cannot follow the Commodore through his subsequent fortunes and adventures.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
An officer commanding a brigade, and somewhat the same as commodore for a squadron of ships.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
When the war began at Palo Alto, Commodore Conner was with his squadron off Point Isabel, at the mouth of the Rio Grande River.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
He returned in the winter to the United States, with that commodore, in the John Adams.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
These movements were regulated by signals from the commodore's barge.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
In the spring of 1801 Commodore Dale was sent with a squadron on that errand.
"Harper's Young People, July 27, 1880" by Various
The Americans had created a little navy on Lake Champlain to oppose the British, and placed it in charge of Commodore Macdonough.
"Harper's Young People, August 31, 1880" by Various

In poetry:

Dutchman all was the Commodore
At once when he saw his wondrous guest,
Marveling much and marveling more
As he listed the visitor’s request.
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche
To Amsterdam and its Commodore,
I over his pipe and his eau-de-vie,
A flibote skimming the Texel shore
Brought serious news for the Zuyder Zee:
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche
Ill had it gone with the Commodore
Had pluck or fortune deceived him then;
But he fought as he never fought before,
And he brought his investment back again.
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche
Frugal of speech was the Commodore.
“I will meet their wishes,” he briefly said,
And straight to the offing his squadron bore,
With a broom at the flag-ship’s mainmasthead.
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche
And the answer came: “No; we have not struck,
But our powder is spent; we can fight no more.”
“Ah, that is a matter of evil luck,
In a case like this,” said the Commodore.
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

Senior psychology major will miss graduation Friday when Commodores start NCAA regional play More.
Commodores have trouble blocking Jasper 's spikes.
Lady Commodores roll past Cleveland.
Commodores win 40-0, close in on bowl eligiblity with its first SEC shutout in nearly 44 years More.
Still struggling to settle into an offensive rhythm, Commodores travel to face Xavier on Thursday More.
The Lafayette Lady Commodores were successful at Bruce on Thursday, knocking off the Lady Trojans 46-39 in a nice bounce-back effort.
Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy (2) scores in the second quarter of the Commodores' 19-15 victory over Missouri Saturday night on Faurot Field.
Even better are the Lagers ' takes on pop-culture clichés, stuff like the Commodores' "Brick House," the Eagles' "Desperado" and a medley from Winnie-the-Pooh.
Coach Kevin Stallings and the Commodores are familiar with Tony Woods from last season and earlier More.
Packers trade a pair of later picks to move up and take Commodores cornerback 62nd overall More.
Commodores take home Region 2-4A title Saturday.
Prior to being a Commodore and notching hits like "Hello" and "Say You, Say Me" as a solo artist, Lionel Richie was country, born and bred in Tuskegee, Alabama.
NCAA Women's Basketball Conversation: Final statistics from the Vanderbilt Commodores vs Lipscomb Bisons game played on November 12, 2012.
Lister made 8 of 14 shots from the field and dished out a team-high five assists for the Commodores.
Commodores keep it close for a half, stumble in second at UK.

In science:

At the time Per was doing similar things; the cover of the December 1983 issue of Physics Today shows a photograph of Per Bak’s hands in front of a simple Ising simulation on a Commodore 64.
Playing with sandpiles

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