A'dmiral. n.s. [amiral, Fr. of uncertain etymology.]
- An officer or magistrate that has the government of the king's navy, and the hearing and determining all causes, as well civil as criminal, belonging to the sea. Cowell.
- The chief commander of a fleet.
He also, in battle at sea, overthrew Rodericus Rotundus, admiral of Spain; in which fight the admiral, with his son, were both slain, and seven of his gallies taken. Knolles's Hist. Turks.
Make the sea shine with gallantry, and all
The English youth flock to their admiral. Waller.
- The ship which carries the admiral or commander of the fleet.
The admiral galley, wherein the emperor himself was, by great mischance struck upon a sand. Knolles's Hist. of the Turks.