bat·​tle·​ship | \ˈba-tᵊl-ˌship \

Definition of battleship 

: a warship of the largest and most heavily armed and armored class

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Surprisingly, this 2 kg (4.4 pound) battleship of a keyboard only needs 100 mA power from the USB port. Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica, "Why I use a 20-year-old IBM Model M keyboard," 8 Nov. 2018 Nearly eight decades ago, Emory saw a Japanese plane drop a torpedo into the water and watched as the torpedo slammed into a battleship. Washington Post, "Pearl Harbor survivor says goodbye upon leaving Hawaii," 21 June 2018 Wargaming officials said submersibles will be added as the permanent 5th class of vessels alongside World War II-era battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 Breaking with science fiction tradition, the computers did not gain sentience and attempt to destroy humanity with a robotic battleship. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Darren Aronofsky’s Pi day: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 14 July 2018 Thousands of destroyers, battleships, attack vessels, and transport ships comprised the armada; the sky was a violent mirror, with airborne divisions raining down thousands of bombs simultaneously. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 The San Francisco’s 8-inch shells would be useless against a Japanese battleship’s thick armor, except at point-blank range. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In World War II, San Francisco’s namesake ship was a Navy hero," 25 May 2018 The bombing of the Arizona left 1,177 crew members dead, the greatest loss of life on a U.S. battleship, according to the Navy. Heidi Chang,, "USS Arizona Memorial, watery grave of Pearl Harbor sailors, remains closed as officials mull repairs," 3 July 2018 Look no further than Hitler's frenzied dreams of the Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte, a tank so large as to be a land battleship. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Nazi UFO Toy Pulled for Historical Inaccuracy," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of battleship

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for battleship

short for line-of-battle ship

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English Language Learners Definition of battleship

: a large ship that has many big guns and is used in fighting wars


bat·​tle·​ship | \ˈba-tᵊl-ˌship \

Kids Definition of battleship

: a large warship with heavy armor and large guns

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