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

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