bat·​tle·​ship | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌship How to pronounce battleship (audio) \

Definition of battleship

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

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After completing an internship and residency at the old South Baltimore General Hospital, now MedStar Harbor Hospital, he was assigned to active sea duty serving first on the battleship USS Texas. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Dr. Thomas E. Wheeler, retired Randallstown general practitioner and World War II Navy veteran, dies," 27 June 2019 The sub can be moored wherever guests desire, from a reef off St. Lucia to a sunken battleship in the Red Sea, and the interior is styled to their preferences. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Don’t scuba? Here are 10 other underwater thrills," 7 June 2019 The Navy’s surface force still relied on battleships to provide the decisive arm in naval combat, and the fleet that engaged first could well be victorious. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could Airships Really Revolutionize the U.S. Navy?," 21 May 2019 In February it was announced Allen’s research ship, R/V Petrel, had discovered the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, followed by the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Hiei. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Have Found the Wreckage of the Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp," 14 Mar. 2019 Fast and powerful, Prinz Eugen had teamed up with the mighty battleship Bismarck during wartime to sink the British battlecruiser Hood before being stuck in Germany for repairs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship," 17 Sep. 2018 The range difference doomed battleships, which went from being the hunters to the hunted. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 Hiei was the first Japanese battleship sunk by American forces during the war. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sunken Japanese World War II Battleship Discovered Off Solomon Islands," 7 Feb. 2019 What are those mast-arrays on the German battleships at Wilhelmshaven? Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: When History Abruptly Takes a Detour," 12 July 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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The first known use of battleship was in 1794

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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 How to pronounce battleship (audio) \

Kids Definition of battleship

: a large warship with heavy armor and large guns

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