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 In the distance was the U.S.S. Arizona, the battleship that the Japanese sank in their attack on Pearl Harbor just one year later, on Dec. 7, 1941. John Mcmurtrie, New York Times, "Lois Lowry’s Ode to the Fallen in World War II," 1 May 2020 Nearly half -- or 1,177 -- were Marines and sailors serving on the USS Arizona, a battleship moored in the harbor. Fox News, "Pearl Harbor attack remembered in somber 78th anniversary ceremony," 9 Dec. 2019 Although numerous and rapid-firing, the Mk 45 guns had limited range and couldn’t come close to the explosive firepower of an Iowa battleship's nine 16-inch guns. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the USS Zumwalt Destroyers," 5 Aug. 2019 Director Sergei Eisenstein is considered the father of modern film-editing, and nowhere is his work more potent than in this Soviet film about a battleship mutiny. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How Criterion Channel can give you the perfect film-school education in quarantine," 17 Apr. 2020 With Bernie Sanders’s departure from the race, Mr. Biden faces a six-month obstacle course, made exceedingly more complicated by a global pandemic, to unite the party and build a general-election battleship to face President Trump. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Biden’s To-Do List: Unite Democrats, Counter Trump, Raise Money," 11 Apr. 2020 Stratton was among the 334 crew members who survived the battleship sinking. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Pearl Harbor survivor, USS Arizona crew member dies at 97," 17 Feb. 2020 This bomb was detonated underwater and created an enormous tower of water and tsunami that sank ten ships, including battleships and aircraft carriers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly 75 Years Later, Scientists Map the Craters Created by Underwater Nuclear Tests," 12 Dec. 2019 From war-bond drives, victory gardens, and ration cards, to women taking on completely new roles outside the home — building airplanes, tanks, and battleships — the entire nation participated in a united effort. Randall Larsen, National Review, "How to Win the War on Coronavirus," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Battleship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of battleship

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


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Kids Definition of battleship

: a large warship with heavy armor and large guns

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