Definition of gunboat
: an armed ship of shallow draft
Recent Examples of gunboat from the Web
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than two decades after it was discovered at the bottom of Lake Champlain, a Revolutionary War gunboat may see the light of day under a museum plan to raise, preserve and put the vessel on display.
More than two decades after it was discovered at the bottom of Lake Champlain, a Revolutionary War gunboat will be raised, preserved and displayed for the public.
This story has been corrected to reflect that work to raise and preserve the gunboat is in the proposal stage, not already underway.
Still, the enviros stand ready to man kayaks, paddleboards and gunboats to defend our offshore treasures, particularly given the president’s call to review marine sanctuaries.
The Pohang-class ships were built mainly to patrol South Korean coastal waters and square off against North Korea's fleet of small gunboats and coastal submarines.
In 2013, small Navy patrol ships engaged Iranian gunboats at least three times in international waters.
The flying gunboats typically engage targets at a range of two miles or more, which implies an ADS far more powerful than System 1 has been developed.
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First Known Use of gunboat
GUNBOAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gunboat for English Language Learners
: a small ship with guns
GUNBOAT Defined for Kids
Definition of gunboat for Students
: a small armed ship for use near a coast
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