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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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 After D-Day, the battleship went to the south of France, the Mediterranean and ultimately made it into the Pacific theater. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Happy 'berth' day to the Battleship Texas, one of the Houston area's most beloved attractions," 17 May 2018 Of course, months later, to help prune back an overpopulation of destroyers sniping battleships, World of Warships added more cruisers with radar. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 The death knell for the battleship age came on the day that will live in infamy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 The amount of firepower coming from the battleship was immense and played a major role in the fortunes of soldiers on the beach. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The Battleship Texas played a big, booming part at D-Day," 6 June 2018 Dangerous Waters Britain's Royal Navy prided itself on being the most powerful in the world, but battleships were no longer enough to rule the waves. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "4 Ways the Battle of Dunkirk Showed Us the Future of War," 23 Jan. 2018 The Japanese battleships had failed to put Henderson Field out of action. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission," 9 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 How to pronounce battleship (audio) \

Kids Definition of battleship

: a large warship with heavy armor and large guns

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