battle cruiser


Definition of battle cruiser

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

Examples of battle cruiser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with the arrival of dreadnoughts and battle cruisers at the beginning of the 20th century, the range and lethality of ships’ guns both rose dramatically. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves," 24 May 2020 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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The first known use of battle cruiser was in 1901

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“Battle cruiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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