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 minesweeper (audio) \ noun

Examples of minesweeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two other large, disabled boats, a lighthouse tender and a minesweeper, now sit alongside the Aurora, fueling concern that the channel is becoming a graveyard for ghost ships. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Shipwrecked on Little Potato Slough," 8 Oct. 2020 But Washington expressed reservations about the Hodeidah operation and rejected a request from the coalitionto assist the offensive by providing drone surveillance, minesweepers and moreintelligence. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Saudi Coalition Enters a Key Airport in Yemen," 15 June 2018 The Navy has fewer than a dozen minesweepers, many in disrepair. T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, "Trump Says U.S. Is Ready for War. Not All His Troops Are So Sure.," 17 Jan. 2020 Theoretically, 30 Knifefish packages should give the Navy the ability to surge a large number of mine-hunting ships at a time when their minesweepers are in bad shape. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy’s Mine-Hunting Drone Is Ready To Go," 27 Aug. 2019 The American Navy deployed its own minesweepers and, eventually, European countries sent some, as well. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "Will Trump’s Plans to Counter Iran Bring a Return of the ‘Tanker War’?," 28 June 2019 Although the Van Gogh and Kaimei are ending their participation in the search other ships and aircraft will continue to search for the plane, including a Japanese minesweeper, two private salvage ships, and Japanese military aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Ends Search for Missing F-35 Fighter Jet," 10 May 2019 In an ideal world the Avenger-class minesweepers would have been decommissioned years ago. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy’s Minesweeper Fleet Is in Bad Shape," 6 Aug. 2019 If the station still isn’t found, the nearby navy base has offered to help with its minesweepers and other scanning technologies. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Suspect surfaces in the mysterious case of the underwater research station that vanished," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of minesweeper

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Minesweeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minesweeper. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of minesweeper

: a ship designed for removing or destroying mines

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