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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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 Clad in nocturnal gray, precast concrete, the $146 million, 57,500-square-foot pavilion looks a bit like a World War II battleship, marooned on the beach. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018 Four thousand ships carried the magnificently equipped troops across the English Channel under protection of a powerful naval force including 12 battleships, and thousands of aircraft. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 The National Park Service had hoped to reopen the site by the holiday, but it’s taken longer than anticipated to figure out how to repair the dock that allows visitors to board the memorial, which rests on pilings over the sunken battleship. Heidi Chang,, "USS Arizona Memorial, watery grave of Pearl Harbor sailors, remains closed as officials mull repairs," 3 July 2018 Seconds later, the San Francisco was struck by fire from both battleships. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission," 9 June 2018 South Philadelphia’s shipyard was once a major source of naval vessels, included the famed battleship USS New Jersey. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Philadelphia Shipyard Struggles to Survive on Order Drought," 31 May 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 \

Kids Definition of battleship

: a large warship with heavy armor and large guns

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