general quarters

plural noun

Definition of general quarters

: a condition of maximum readiness of a warship for action

Examples of general quarters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Strait of Hormuz, on the other hand, is a tense passage, often conducted at general quarters (meaning every member of the crew is up and at battle stations). James Stavridis, Time, 29 Mar. 2021 The crew on all three of her ships were at general quarters. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of general quarters

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“General quarters.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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