war·​ship | \ ˈwȯr-ˌship How to pronounce warship (audio) \

Definition of warship

: a naval vessel

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Fitzgerald was the first of three NATO warships seriously damaged in collisions with commercial shipping over an eighteen month long period. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Stricken Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Leaves Drydock," 18 Apr. 2019 Vanguard continues to take a similarly thrifty approach to its business at its Malvern campus, whose plain brick buildings bear the names of warships. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "John C. Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Group, Dies at 89," 17 Jan. 2019 Which isn’t to say that the concept went away — Rolls-Royce announced plans for a completely autonomous military ship last year, and military research agency DARPA christened an autonomous warship called the Sea Hunter in 2016. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Darren Aronofsky’s Pi day: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 14 July 2018 Originally designed as an armored, multipurpose missile launcher for warships, Mk. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Defends New Cruise Missile, Says It Doesn't Violate Any Arms-Control Treaties," 24 Jan. 2019 Singapore, while considered a more neutral site, is a common port of call for American warships. BostonGlobe.com, "US-North Korea summit will be June 12 in Singapore, Trump says," 11 May 2018 Another problem with some ship personnel working from shore: Navies need to assume that their warships will be jammed or forced to operate without emitting radar and communications signals that enemy forces could use to locate them. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Future Warships Could Be Sailed Remotely with Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality," 27 Nov. 2018 Military talks between the two nations have halted and both sides have blamed the other for a recent close encounter between their warships in the South China Sea. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Trump and Xi Plan to Meet Amid Trade Tension," 11 Oct. 2018 In Chinese, Itu Aba is known as Taiping, which means peaceful or tranquil, which happened to be the name of the warship that landed the first Chinese government official here in 1946. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "Island or Rock? Taiwan Defends Its Claim in South China Sea," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of warship

1533, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of warship

: a military ship that has many weapons and is used for fighting in wars


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Kids Definition of warship

: a ship armed for combat

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