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

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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 And France agreed to send minesweepers to help them with the operation, a U.A.E. official said. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Yemen Forces Push Toward Rebel-Held Port as Clash Escalates," 14 June 2018 The Condor, a minesweeper, found a Japanese submarine in restricted waters just before the attack. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "106-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor visits Washington for Memorial Day," 28 May 2018 The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, a charity, says that soldiers use civilians as human shields and minesweepers. The Economist, "Myanmar’s government sits by while the army goes on the offensive," 17 May 2018 In 1952, the destroyer-minesweeper USS Hobson sank in the central Atlantic after colliding with the aircraft carrier USS Wasp with the loss of 176 crew members. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Arizona #RedForEd teachers walkout today - all you need to know; movie sequels, reboots getting ridiculous," 26 Apr. 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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