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gunboat

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noun gun·boat \ˈgən-ˌbōt\

Simple Definition of gunboat

  • : a small ship with guns

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gunboat

  1. :  an armed ship of shallow draft


GUNBOAT Defined for Kids

gunboat

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noun gun·boat \ˈgən-ˌbōt\

Definition of gunboat for Students

  1. :  a small armed ship for use near a coast




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