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1. (in England) an officer, usually a junior barrister, who accompanies a judge on circuit and performs miscellaneous secretarial duties
2. in the US
a. a Federal court officer assigned to a judicial district whose functions are similar to those of a sheriff
b. (in some states) the chief police or fire officer
3. (formerly in England) an officer of the royal family or court, esp one in charge of protocol
4. an obsolete word for ostler
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(1) A court title in medieval France; the king’s servant who looked after his horses. In the 12th century the marshal became a court official who was the master of the king’s bodyguard, cavalry guard, and stables. Between 1180 and 1223 the title of “marshal of France” was introduced for the king’s marshal, as distinct from the marshals maintained by big feudal lords. In the 13th through 15th centuries the marshal commanded part of the royal army.

(2) The highest military rank (grade) in the armies of several countries, introduced in France in the 16th century. The marshal carried a baton as a special sign of distinction. The rank of marshal was abolished during the Great French Revolution in 1793 and restored by Napoleon I on May 19, 1804. In the 19th century the rank of marshal was introduced in Spain, Turkey (musir), Italy, and Japan, and in the 20th century in Great Britain (only in the air force—vice-marshal, marshal, chief marshal of aviation, and marshal of the Royal Air Force), India, Poland, Finland, Rumania, China (where it existed until 1965), the Korean People’s Democratic Republic, the Mongolian People’s Republic, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and several other countries. In Great Britain, Prussia (later Germany), Austria (later Austria-Hungary), and Russia the rank of field marshal corresponded to the rank of marshal. In the USSR the rank of marshal of the Soviet Union was introduced in 1935, and the ranks of marshal of a combat arm and chief marshal of a combat arm were introduced in 1943.

(3) In Poland the title of several civilian officials (marshal of the Sejm and vice-marshal of the Sejm).

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An English word that means to arrange into a particular order as a means of preparation. See data marshalling.
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Berth occupancy was managed at 60% at the Port on Tuesday where a total of nine berths were engaged by ships CMA CGM Otello, Marsk Atlanta, Al-Manama, ER Vancouver, M.V Fast, M.V Tai Progress, M.T Atlantic Glory, M.T Turk Gas and M.T Okyroe to load/offload containers, coal, soya been seeds,chemicals, palm oil, LPG and furnace oil respectively during last 24 hours.
North Riding Saturday County Cup: Great Ayton Utd v Redcar Athletic, Whinney Banks YCC v New Marsk, Kirkbymoorside v Endeavour FC, Richmond Town v Richmond Mvrks, Fishburn Park v Bedale, BEADS v North Ormesby, Thirsk Falcons v Grangetown BC.
In between the two goals, New Marsk goalkeeper Justin Hutchinson saved a penalty and, following an incident-packed game, the Seasiders finished with just 10 men when two were sent off.
Spennymoor Town are third after drawing 1-1 at Marsk United for whom David Onions had a penalty save after earlier opening the scoring.
Four ships CMA CGM Otello, marsk Atlanta, Truk Gas and Okyroe carrying containers, LPG and furnace oil are expected to take berths at QICT, EVTL and FOTCO respectively on Tuesday, 12th while another ship Northern Jamboree are due arrive on Wednesday, 13th.
In reply New Marsk coasted home for the loss of five wickets, Carl Thompson making 55 not out.