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French law. This is a general term, comprehending all persons who compose the crew of a ship or vessel.


 - n. One who accompanies or is in company with another for a longer or shorter period, either from choice or casually; one who is much in the company of, or is associated with, another or others; an associate; a comrade; a consort; a partner. A knight of the lowest rank in certain orders; as, a companion of the Bath. A fellow; - in contempt.


 - (Naut.) (a) A skylight on an upper deck with frames and sashes of various shapes, to admit light to a cabin or lower deck. (b) A wooden hood or penthouse covering the companion way; a companion hatch.


 - Companion hatch (Naut.), a wooden porch over the entrance or staircase of the cabin.


 - Companion ladder (Naut.), the ladder by which officers ascend to, or descend from, the quarter- deck.


 - Companion way (Naut.), a staircase leading to the cabin.


 - Knights companions, in certain honorary orders, the members of the lowest grades as distinguished from knights commanders, knights grand cross, and ...

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