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battle cruiser

noun
1.
a warship of maximum speed and firepower, but with lighter armor than a battleship.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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battle cruiser

noun
1.
a warship of battleship size but with lighter armour and fewer guns and capable of high speed
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