mine·​sweep·​er | \ ˈmīn-ˌswē-pər How to pronounce minesweeper (audio) \

Definition of minesweeper

: a warship for removing or neutralizing mines by dragging

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minesweeping \ ˈmīn-​ˌswē-​piŋ How to pronounce minesweeping (audio) \ noun

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In 2013, the USS Guardian, a minesweeper, accidentally ran into a sensitive coral reef in the Philippines. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.," 9 Aug. 2019 The Navy built its first modern minesweeper during the 1940s. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.," 9 Aug. 2019 The American fleet no longer has the number of large frigates that worked the Persian Gulf in the 1980s, often serving as ad hoc minesweepers thanks to their girth and reinforced hulls, Brennan said. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "A ‘tanker war’ with Iran would be more complicated than the 1980s version," 18 June 2019 Yet the Navy currently possesses a mere eleven minesweepers, dilapidated vessels long past retirement age, with just four available for the entirety of the Middle East. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Todd SmithAdventureSmith ExplorationsHis trips to Alaska and the Galápagos are aboard small ships and charter yachts like the National Geographic Orion or the Sea Wolf, a historic wooden minesweeper. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The Emiratis are arranging minesweepers, cranes and other equipment to repair the port after its capture. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "With Much at Stake in Yemen Port, Coalition Puts Advance on Hold," 8 July 2018 The site also contains the wreck of the USS Ely, a former Navy patrol craft; the USS Cruise, a former Navy minesweeper; and the USNS Shearwater, a former Navy survey support ship. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Decommissioned Ferry Disappear into the Depths," 18 June 2018 The Emiratis turned to France, which agreed to provide the minesweepers to clear explosives that Houthi fighters had been placing in Al Hudaydah harbor, the official said, effectively thwarting for now an amphibious assault of the port. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "As Saudis Go to War, the Crown Prince Attends a Soccer Match," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of minesweeper

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of minesweeper was in 1904

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English Language Learners Definition of minesweeper

: a ship designed for removing or destroying mines

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