war·ship | \ˈwȯr-ˌship \

Definition of warship 

: a naval vessel

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The specialist officers guard military assets such as the Trident nuclear warheads, the warship HMS Queen Elizabeth as well as the armed forces. Kitty Donaldson, Bloomberg.com, "Defense Police Cuts Put U.K. Nuclear Arsenal at Risk, Chief Says," 13 June 2018 Another naval conformation may be ahead on the horizon, as the U.S. is considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait, Reuters reported Tuesday. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "China slams US after B-52 bomber flyby in South China Sea, calls move ‘risky’," 6 June 2018 That means increased fuel efficiency and longer ranges for warships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Testing Superhydrophobic Hull Coatings For Submarines," 5 July 2018 When the emperor refused, a squadron of Britain’s most up-to-date warships arrived in 1840 to brush aside the Celestial Empire’s junks and blast its coastal towns into ruins. Ian Morris, New York Times, "The Opium War and the Humiliation of China," 2 July 2018 Adding to the sense of alarm were another two nonfatal Navy warship crashes in the Western Pacific that occurred earlier in the year. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 British warships sunk the San Jose and its crew of 600 in 1701. CBS News, "Robot submarine finds "holy grail of shipwrecks" with up to $17 billion in treasure," 23 May 2018 British warships have been deployed in waters near Japan to police U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Britain says North Korean surveillance ‘vitally important’," 2 June 2018 China’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the entry of the U.S. warships was not permitted, and they have been warned to leave. Laignee Barron, Time, "China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed Islands," 28 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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