battleship

A battleship is a very large, seagoing military vessel. A battleship is prepared for war, being protected by heavy armor and equipped with guns.

Today's modern military doesn't often use battleships — you're more likely to find a battleship in a harbor being explored by tourists. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, battleships were the most modern, powerful kind of boat on the water, and they were used during both World Wars by various countries' navies. The game Battleship, which shares a name with these warships, has been around in one form or another since the 1930s.

Definitions of battleship
  1. noun
    large and heavily armoured warship
    synonyms: battlewagon
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    types:
    dreadnaught, dreadnought
    battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
    pocket battleship
    a small battleship built to conform with treaty limitations on tonnage and armament (from 1925 to 1930)
    type of:
    combat ship, war vessel, warship
    a government ship that is available for waging war
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