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battleship

[bat-l-ship] /ˈbæt lˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
any of a class of warships that are the most heavily armored and are equipped with the most powerful armament.
Origin of battleship
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; battle1 + ship1
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  • He called up General Birdwood, who was reported to be on the battleship Queen, then lying off the position.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
  • It was the solemn note of a battleship destroyed by its own magazines.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • It was at 2.25 that she disappeared thus suddenly, the first battleship ever sunk by gun-fire.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • A view of the battleship as it will look in the water is shown in Fig. 31.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • But she was a battleship, and much slower than the cruisers.

British Dictionary definitions for battleship

battleship

/ˈbætəlˌʃɪp/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for battleship
n.

1794, shortened from line-of-battle ship (1705), one large enough to take part in a main attack (formerly one of 74-plus guns); from battle (n.) + ship (n.). Later in U.S. Navy in reference to a class of ships that carried guns of the largest size. The last was decommissioned in 2006. 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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