battle ship

battleship

[bat-l-ship]
noun
1.
any of a class of warships that are the most heavily armored and are equipped with the most powerful armament.

Origin:
1785–95, Americanism; battle1 + ship

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battleship (ˈbætəlˌʃɪp)
 
n
1.  a heavily armoured warship of the largest type having many large-calibre guns
2.  (formerly) a warship of sufficient size and armament to take her place in the line of battle; ship of the line

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battleship
1794, shortened from line-of-battle ship (1705), one large enough to take part in a main attack (formerly one of 74-plus guns). Battleship-gray as a color is attested from 1916. Fighter and bomber airplanes in World War I newspaper articles were sometimes called battleplanes, but it did not catch on.
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