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  1. petty officer, PO, P.O.noun

    a noncommissioned officer in the Navy or Coast Guard with a rank comparable to sergeant in the Army


  1. petty officernoun

    A non-commissioned officer in the US and UK Navy and the US Coast Guard; roughly equivalent to a sergeant in the army


  1. Petty officer

    A petty officer (PO) is a non-commissioned officer in many navies and is given the NATO rank denotation OR-5 or OR-6. In many nations, they are typically equal to a sergeant in comparison to other military branches. Often they may be superior to a seaman, and subordinate to more senior non-commissioned officers, such as a chief petty officers. Petty officers are usually sailors that have served at least several years in their respective navies. Petty officers represent the junior and mid-grade non-commissioned officer ranks of many naval services, and are generally responsible for the day-to-day supervision of ranks junior to them. They may also serve as technical specialists within their rating (military occupation).


  1. petty officer

    A petty officer is a non-commissioned officer in the naval forces, such as the navy or coast guard, ranking above a leading rate and below a chief petty officer. They are given specific responsibilities and authority depending on their particular role or field within the service. They are equivalent to a sergeant in Army or Air Forces.


  1. Petty officer

    A petty officer is a non-commissioned officer in many navies and is given the NATO rank denotion OR-6. They are equal in rank to sergeant, British Army and Royal Air Force. A petty officer is superior in rank to leading rate and subordinate to chief petty officer, in the case of the British armed forces.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. petty officer

    A divisional seaman of the first class, ranking with a sergeant or corporal.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of petty officer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of petty officer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of petty officer in a Sentence

  1. White House:

    Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified.

  2. Dalton Tolbert:

    You guys missed but I got Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher.

  3. Jennifer Marshall:

    My rank was E-5, or Second Class Petty Officer. During my five years of service, I worked on the tarmac, in aviation logistics, was on the ship's security defense team and the repair locker fire team( firefighting and damage control). Definitely a variety of jobs and experiences, which I am thankful for.

  4. Friday Navy:

    The government will not be dropping premeditated murder charges against Chief Petty Officer Gallagher, despite petty officer Scott's testimony, the credibility of a witness is for the jury to decide.

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