bat·​tle·​ship | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌship How to pronounce battleship (audio) \

Definition of battleship

: a warship of the largest and most heavily armed and armored class

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Examples of battleship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Mar. 2022 Walker was assigned to the battleship, which was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, when it was attacked. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 The battleship also offers ghost tours and escape rooms. Robin Soslow, Chron, 3 May 2022 At the same time, Emmert’s removal on its own will not be the event that turns the battleship around. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 The last time Russia lost a flagship in wartime was the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, when Japan sank the battleship Prince Suvorov during the battle of Tsushima that secured Russia’s defeat. Alastair Gale, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 There’s the postage stamp with an image of a Ukrainian soldier defiantly displaying his middle finger to a Russian battleship. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 The battleship’s loss of life at Pearl Harbor totaled 429 sailors and Marines - second only to the 1,100 lost on the USS Arizona, whose wreck remains a hallowed historical site. Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Dec. 2021 Once located, Langley would pass the information on to a nearby battleship task force, which would then engage the enemy fleet with its massive 14- to 16-foot-long main guns. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of battleship

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for battleship

short for line-of-battle ship

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The first known use of battleship was in 1794

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21 May 2022

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“Battleship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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bat·​tle·​ship | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌship How to pronounce battleship (audio) \

Kids Definition of battleship

: a large warship with heavy armor and large guns

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