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

Definition of warship

: a naval vessel

Examples of warship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Roosevelt suffered a massive coronavirus outbreak on a deployment earlier this year, forcing the warship to dock in Guam for two months and isolate most of the crew. Melissa Leon, Fox News, "Aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt conducts 'man overboard' search for missing sailor," 12 Dec. 2020 An unmanned ship can’t begin to match a destroyers like the USS Delbert Black, but not every warship needs to be a Delbert Black. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Wants to Supersize the Navy to 500+ Ships. Good Luck Paying for That.," 29 Sep. 2020 The subsequent stealthy arrival of the U.S. warship coincided with President Donald Trump's firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper in early November. Eric Schmitt, Star Tribune, "Navy warship's secret mission off West Africa aims to help punish Venezuela," 22 Dec. 2020 Duane Earle, a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Navy, reportedly fell overboard from a Canadian warship Monday about 575 miles west of the California coast, navy officials said in a statement. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Search at sea fails to locate Canadian sailor who fell from warship off San Francisco," 16 Dec. 2020 The Kremlin said that the Admiral Vinogradov, a Russian destroyer, issued a verbal warning and threatened to ram the U.S. warship before chasing it away. Fox News, "US Navy destroyer challenges Russia’s claims to Peter the Great Bay in Sea of Japan," 25 Nov. 2020 Russia said that its Pacific Fleet warship had been tracking the American destroyer in the Peter the Great Gulf and that the U.S. vessel had violated Russia’s territorial waters by going about a mile beyond the sea border. Washington Post, "World Digest: Nov. 24, 2020," 24 Nov. 2020 There's a ship called the NimbleBritish warship called the Nimble spotted the Guerrero in the Caribbean. Chris Searles, National Geographic, "Episode 4: The Search for History's Lost Slave Ships," 17 Nov. 2020 In March 2010 North Korea was suspected of torpedoing the South Korean warship Cheonan, killing 46 sailors in waters near the Northern Limit Line. Jeong-ho Lee, Bloomberg.com, "South Korea Says North Korea Killed its Citizen, Burned Body," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of warship

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of warship was in 1533

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17 Jan 2021

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“Warship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warship. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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