gun·​boat | \ ˈgən-ˌbōt \

Definition of gunboat

: an armed ship of shallow draft

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After the gunboat was retired in 1909 and broken down in Bremerton, the guns were loaned by the Navy to United Spanish War Veterans of Seattle to be placed in the War Garden. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Seattle war memorial to lose battle guns, drawing criticism even as city cites safety, costs," 18 June 2018 More than 100 cruise missiles, launched from warplanes and gunboats, struck three Syrian facilities: a scientific research centre used to produce chemical weapons near the capital of Damascus and two military bases further north. The Economist, "America, Britain and France strike Syria," 14 Apr. 2018 The first Bennington, a gunboat, blew up in San Diego harbor in 1905, killing 56 men., "May 27, 1954: Explosion rips carrier Bennington," 27 May 2018 In real history, this is the day that a ragtag group of soldiers pull off one of the most audacious operations of the entire war: sail gunboats into the heart of enemy territory, burn Southern plantations, and rescue all the enslaved people. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Pilot, Thinker, Soldier, Spy: The Epic “Timeless” Season Finale Twofer," 13 May 2018 Hensley also reported on one of the bay’s greatest tragedies, the explosion of the gunboat Bennington on July 21, 1905. Roger Showley,, ""A Faithful Mirror": The San Diego Union-Tribune's first 150 years," 15 Apr. 2018 In the center of this Mediterranean tableau, at the end of a long quay in the port of Augusta, is a jarring anomaly: a gray Italian gunboat, on whose rear deck hundreds huddle under heavy brown blankets. Alex Perry, Newsweek, "Migrants and the New Mediterranean Mafia," 10 June 2015 While the game was played, two U.S. gunboats were anchored in the harbor and sent large delegations of sailors and officials to Almendares Park for the match, and groups of servicemen from nearby Camp Columbia were on hand as well. Contributing Writer,, "How and why LSU once played a bowl game in Cuba -- more than 100 years ago," 1 Jan. 2018 Last year, the Russian navy hit rebel targets north of Aleppo by firing cruise missiles from gunboats in the Caspian Sea, flying them more than 900 miles over Iran and Iraq. Owen Matthews, Newsweek, "Putin Is Preparing for World War III—Is Trump?," 14 Dec. 2017

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1777, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gunboat

: a small ship with guns


gun·​boat | \ ˈgən-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of gunboat

: a small armed ship for use near a coast

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