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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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Examples from the web for minesweeper
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for minesweeper


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