ship of the line

noun phrase

: a large warship
specifically : a square-rigged warship having at least two gun decks and designed to be positioned for battle in a line with other such ships

Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ship of the line was in 1706

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“Ship of the line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ship%20of%20the%20line. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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