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warship

Definitions of warship
  1. noun
    a government ship that is available for waging war
    synonyms: combat ship, war vessel
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    Old Ironsides
    a United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston
    USS Cole
    a United States destroyer
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    aircraft carrier, attack aircraft carrier, carrier, flattop
    a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings
    battleship, battlewagon
    large and heavily armoured warship
    capital ship
    a warship of the first rank in size and armament
    corvette
    a highly maneuverable escort warship; smaller than a destroyer
    cruiser
    a large fast warship; smaller than a battleship and larger than a destroyer
    destroyer, guided missile destroyer
    a small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship
    destroyer escort
    warship smaller than a destroyer; designed to escort fleets or convoys
    frigate
    a United States warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
    frigate
    a medium size square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
    guard ship
    a warship (at anchor or under way) required to maintain a higher degree of readiness than others in its squadron
    ironclad
    a wooden warship of the 19th century that is plated with iron or steel armor
    man-of-war, ship of the line
    a warship intended for combat
    privateer
    a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation
    sloop of war
    a sailing or steam warship having cannons on only one deck
    submersible, submersible warship
    a warship designed to operate under water
    surface ship
    a warship that operates on the surface of the water
    three-decker
    a warship carrying guns on three decks
    torpedo boat
    small high-speed warship designed for torpedo attacks in coastal waters
    battle cruiser
    a cruiser of maximum speed and firepower
    dreadnaught, dreadnought
    battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
    guided missile cruiser
    a cruiser that carries guided missiles
    guided missile frigate
    a frigate that carries guided missiles
    pocket battleship
    a small battleship built to conform with treaty limitations on tonnage and armament (from 1925 to 1930)
    PT boat, mosquito boat, mosquito craft, motor torpedo boat
    a small fast unarmored and lightly armed torpedo boat; P(atrol) T(orpedo) boat
    sailing warship
    a warship that was powered by sails and equipped with many heavy guns; not built after the middle of the 19th century
    U-boat, pigboat, sub, submarine
    a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes
    tin can
    informal term for a destroyer
    torpedo-boat destroyer
    small destroyer that was the forerunner of modern destroyers; designed to destroy torpedo boats
    type of:
    military vehicle
    vehicle used by the armed forces
    ship
    a vessel that carries passengers or freight
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