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battle cruiser

a warship of maximum speed and firepower, but with lighter armor than a battleship.
Origin of battle cruiser
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • To take aim from such an altitude is impossible, especially at a rapidly moving target such as a battle-cruiser.

    Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War Frederick A. Talbot
  • On the occasion of the Heligoland fight, one paper announced in large print that the British battle-cruiser Lion had been sunk.

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
  • The battle-cruiser is a hybrid and, as this war has proved, a most useful war-vessel.

    The British Navy Book Cyril Field
  • The silk, somehow, seemed strangely out of place in the gun-turret of a battle-cruiser.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • Later, the Suffolk's place was taken by the battle-cruiser, Queen Mary.

    Canada in Flanders, Volume I (of 3) Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  • The hundred and twenty thousand horse-power steam turbines of the battle-cruiser quickened their rhythmic throb.

  • It remains to consider the function of the battle-cruiser in the line of battle.

    Naval Warfare James R. Thursfield
  • Slowly the battle-cruiser threaded her way through the deep water marked but by buoys into the inner harbour.

  • We were then closely engaged with three German ships—a battle-cruiser and two light cruisers.

  • We heard in the distance several shots fired, presumably by the battle-cruiser which was our escort.

British Dictionary definitions for battle-cruiser

battle cruiser

a warship of battleship size but with lighter armour and fewer guns and capable of high speed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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