ship of the line

noun
a former sailing warship armed powerfully enough to serve in the line of battle, usually having cannons ranged along two or more decks; battleship.

Origin:
1700–10

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ship of the line
 
n
nautical (formerly) a warship large enough to fight in the first line of battle

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