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

Examples of ship of the line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back in 2017, their first ship of the line arrived in the form of The Play That Goes Wrong, a Noises Off–style farce based around performers messing up a fictional hoary stage play. Vulture, 19 Apr. 2023

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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