minesweeper

[mahyn-swee-per]
noun Navy.
a specially equipped ship used for dragging a body of water in order to remove or destroy enemy mines.

Origin:
1900–05; mine2 + sweeper

minesweeping, noun
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minesweeper (ˈmaɪnˌswiːpə)
 
n
a naval vessel equipped to detect and clear mines
 
'minesweeping
 
n

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As a matter of fact, there was more than one submarine and a minesweeper as well.
Also during that time frame, several barges and a minesweeper were sunk.
One converted light cruiser, a large minesweeper, and a cargo ship were sunk and other ships damaged.
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