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 After finishing at Osborne, the Navy’s training school on the Isle of Wight, Dickie spent the summer of 1913 was spent in Hesse with his older siblings—Alice, now married to Prince Andrew of Greece, Louise and George, now a lieutenant serving in the battle cruiser HMS New Zealand. Andrew Lownie, Town & Country, 7 Sep. 2021 Ghost is an interstellar battle cruiser of the imagination. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Such information helped Ukraine sink the battle cruiser Moskva. Oleksandr Stashevskyi and Frank Bajak, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2022 Ramsey's battle cruiser looks far too nice to send to automotive Valhalla, but the showmanship can't be denied. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 30 July 2021 On the battle cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, the crew descended its side boats to take plunges into the icy seawater. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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., 24 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 3 Dec. 2023.

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