mine·​lay·​er ˈmīn-ˌlā-ər How to pronounce minelayer (audio)
: a naval vessel for laying underwater mines

Examples of minelayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rest of the mix included Samaritan armored ambulances, Sultan command and control vehicles, Stormer armored vehicles, Shielder minelayers, and Samson armored recovery vehicles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2023 Estonia’s single minelayer and three minehunters, none displacing more than 500 tons, are defensive vessels. David Axe, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The Navy assigned him to the Oglala, a minelayer converted from a World War I-era transport ship. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, 7 Dec. 2020 One such sub was the UC-5, a German minelayer submarine with an impressive war record. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2019 She was designed to operate in coastal waters strictly as a minelayer, carrying twelve mines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of minelayer was in 1886

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“Minelayer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minelayer. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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