battle cruiser


Definition of battle cruiser

: a large heavily armed warship that is lighter, faster, and more maneuverable than a battleship

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The Energy Observer started life as a racing boat but now would make a decent space battle cruiser prop in a movie. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Funky Boat Circling the Planet on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Gas," 5 July 2018 In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board., "This day in history," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of battle cruiser

1901, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of battle cruiser

: a ship that is used in fighting wars and that is lighter and faster than a battleship

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