fire·​ship ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌship How to pronounce fireship (audio)
: a ship carrying combustibles or explosives sent burning among the enemy's ships or works to set them on fire

Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fireship was in 1626

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“Fireship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a ship carrying flammable materials or explosives that is sent among the enemy's ships and set on fire to destroy them
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