Definition of gunboat
: an armed ship of shallow draft
Recent Examples of gunboat from the Web
This story has been corrected to reflect that work to raise and preserve the gunboat is in the proposal stage, not already underway.
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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