aircraft carrier

noun
a warship equipped with a large open deck for the taking off and landing of warplanes and with facilities to carry, service, and arm them.

Origin:
1915–20

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aircraft carrier
 
n
a warship built with an extensive flat deck space for the launch and recovery of aircraft

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His experience includes strategic direction of large, complex organizations
  such as the naval aircraft carrier program.
The accident occurred in routine maintenance on the nuclear-powered aircraft
  carrier, which is in dry dock.
Yet in space they could support the weight of an aircraft carrier.
He lives alone in a house in mid-city that is dominated by a piano the size of
  an aircraft carrier.
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