Captain vs Captainless - What's the difference?

captain | captainless |

As a noun captain

is a chief or leader.

As a verb captain

is to act as captain.

As an adjective captainless is

without a captain.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A chief or leader.
  • *1526 , The (Bible) , tr. (William Tyndale), (w) 2:
  • *:For out of the shal come a captaine , whych shall govern my people israhel.
  • *1929 , (Rudyard Kipling), " The English Way":
  • *:Stand up-stand up, Northumberland! / I bid you answer true, / If England's King has under his hand / A Captain as good as you?
  • The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel.
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  • An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
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  • *:"A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain , as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.."
  • A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
  • A commissioned officer in the United States Navy, Coast Guard]], NOAA Corps, or PHS Corps of a grade superior to a commander and junior to a . A captain is equal in grade or rank to an Army, Marine Corps, or [[United States Air Force, Air Force colonel.
  • (senseid)One of the athletes on a sports team who designated to make decisions, and is allowed to speak for his team with a referee or official.
  • *(Remember the Titans)
  • *:Captain's supposed to be the leader, right?
  • *{{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 5, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool , passage=As Di Matteo celebrated and captain John Terry raised the trophy for the fourth time, the Italian increased his claims to become the permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas by landing a trophy.}}
  • The leader of a group of workers.
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  • A .
  • *1977 , Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, lyricists, ,
  • *:So I called up the Captain , "Please bring me my wine." / He said: "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969."
  • (lb) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel .
  • Synonyms

    * (leader of a group of workers) supervisor, straw boss, foreman * (commander of a vessel) skipper, master * (pilot in command) pilot, pilot in command * (military rank) CAPT, , Capt, CPT (abbreviation)

    Derived terms

    * bell captain * captain of the fleet * captain of industry * corvette captain * cruiser captain * flag captain * fleet captain * flotilla captain * frigate captain * senior captain


    (en verb)
  • To act as captain
  • To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.
  • captainless



  • Without a captain.
  • Hypernyms

    * leaderless