su·​per·​car·​ri·​er ˌsü-pər-ˈker-ē-ər How to pronounce supercarrier (audio)
plural supercarriers
: a very large aircraft carrier
The revival of support for the nuclear-powered supercarrier in the last three years has been little short of miraculous.U.S. Naval Institute
Included in the supercarrier contingent are eight astonishingly large and sophisticated Nimitz-class floating cities, crewed by nearly 6,000 people and capable of launching more aircraft per minute than Chicago's O'Hare Airport …Gregg Easterbrook

Examples of supercarrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, a Swedish submarine using a similar Stirling AIP system, the HSwMS Gotland, repeatedly defeated the anti-submarine capabilities of the USS Ronald Reagan’s carrier strike group in 2005, sinking the supercarrier in several simulated battles. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2023 To compare, America’s previous first-in-class supercarrier, the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), needed 8.3 years to get from Milestone II—today’s Milestone B (a sort of procurement starting point) — to an Initial Operational Capability (IOC), while the USS Ford has taken more than 17 years. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The exercises featured a helicopter firing a small anti-ship missile, one far too small to do much damage to an American supercarrier. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 July 2020 The Navy could buy a smaller or less capable version of its current $13-billion-apiece Ford-class supercarrier—a non-nuclear variant, for instance. David Axe, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Symbolic gestures recognized individual Black Americans who were posthumously honored with a Pulitzer Prize, the naming of a new naval supercarrier, and the renaming of NASA headquarters in Washington. Lindsey McGinnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2020 After the Cold War, the Navy standardized supercarrier-sized ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020 The Roosevelt aircraft carrier infamously was forced to port in Guam in March after a rapid contagion tore across the supercarrier, infecting nearly 1,000 sailors of a crew of 4,865. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 26 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supercarrier was in 1921

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“Supercarrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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