ship of the line

noun phrase

Definition of ship of the line

: 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

First Known Use of ship of the line

1706, in the meaning defined above

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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 28 Nov. 2020.

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