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[mahyn-swee-per] /ˈmaɪnˌswi pər/
noun, Navy.
a specially equipped ship used for dragging a body of water in order to remove or destroy enemy mines.
Origin of minesweeper
1900-05; mine2 + sweeper
Related forms
minesweeping, noun Unabridged
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  • It may be apropos to say here that the smaller class of minesweeper is usually blown to pieces if she touches a mine.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • minesweeper Lingfield to take off surplus steaming parties of block ships, which had 100 miles to steam.

  • A few seconds later another bomb fell close to a minesweeper and a fragment gashed the decks but did not penetrate them.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
British Dictionary definitions for minesweeper


a naval vessel equipped to detect and clear mines
Derived Forms
minesweeping, noun
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