battleship

noun
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

Examples of battleship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Philip swung the battleship’s searchlight rapidly, lighting up one enemy ship after another, and two Italian cruisers were sunk in five minutes. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A ‘Chicago street-corner boy’ finds himself saddened by an English prince’s funeral," 17 Apr. 2021 The escorts confronted the guns of the Japanese fleet—including the 18-inch guns of Yamato, the largest ever fitted to a battleship—with their own meager 5-inch guns and torpedoes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Just Found the Remains of a WWII Hero Destroyer," 6 Apr. 2021 The shift will be dramatic: from a giant monolithic battleship to a fleet of agile speedboats, as shown in Figure 2. Steve Denning, Forbes, "Eight Keys To Unleashing Your People," 28 Feb. 2021 During World War II, the duke saw combat aboard a British destroyer and battleship. BostonGlobe.com, "Prince Philip is laid to rest in a somber 50-minute ceremony," 17 Apr. 2021 During World War II, the duke saw combat aboard a British destroyer and battleship. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Prince Philip Is Laid to Rest in a Somber 50-Minute Ceremony," 17 Apr. 2021 In 1941, he was honored for his service during the battle of Cape Matapan off the coast of Greece, when his control of searchlights aboard the HMS Valiant allowed the battleship to pinpoint enemy vessels in the dark. Danica Kirka, chicagotribune.com, "Prince Philip honored with 41-gun salutes after his death, just two months before his 100th birthday," 10 Apr. 2021 In 1941, he was honored for his service during the battle of Cape Matapan off the coast of Greece, when his control of searchlights aboard the HMS Valiant allowed the battleship to pinpoint enemy vessels in the dark. Arkansas Online, "Philip's funeral April 17 at Windsor Castle; Harry to attend," 10 Apr. 2021 In 1941, he was honored for his service during the battle of Cape Matapan off the coast of Greece, when his control of searchlights aboard the HMS Valiant allowed the battleship to pinpoint enemy vessels in the dark. al, "Prince Philip’s funeral to be at Windsor Castle on April 17; Harry to attend," 10 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Battleship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battleship. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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battleship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of battleship

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

battleship

noun
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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