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[wawr-ship] /ˈwɔrˌʃɪp/
a ship built or armed for combat purposes.
Also called war vessel.
Origin of warship
1525-35; war1 + ship1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From the Japanese on the warship who could speak English our friends learned much concerning the war.

    At the Fall of Port Arthur Edward Stratemeyer
  • But why was not the warship dropped somewhere, as the buildings have been?

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • Thus, you see, comparing the tonnage of a warship with that of a merchant ship is somewhat like comparing a pound with a bushel.

  • The Dutch warship is to the northward watching the main entrance.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • From the sea a warship fired high explosives in the same direction.

British Dictionary definitions for warship


a vessel armed, armoured, and otherwise equipped for naval warfare
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Word Origin and History for warship

1530s, from war (n.) + ship (n.).

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