American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large warship with lighter armor but greater maneuverability than a battleship.
- n. military A fast, relatively lightly armoured cruiser designed to act as an advanced scout of the battle fleet; a development of the Dreadnought battleships
- n. a cruiser of maximum speed and firepower
“If he could make it to the North Sea, he knew that Admiral Franz Hipper, commander of the High Seas Fleet battle cruiser force, would welcome his powerful ship.”
“Jutland made it painfully clear that armored cruisers were spectacularly vulnerable to heavy shells fired by battleships or battle cruisers; that day, four of the ships that had pursued the Goeben — the battle cruiser Indefatigable and the armored cruisers Defence, Black Prince, and Warrior — blew up and sank because heavy German shells penetrated their inadequate armor.”
“In the distance behind it Kirk could glimpse the deadly silver angularity of the Klingon battle cruiser Rapache, which had arrived at the base inexplicably early and was now in orbit, hanging like a hawk upon the winds of night.”
“This disastrous German misunderstanding of what was happening was not corrected until 2: 35, when Strassburg suddenly signaled, “Enemy battle cruiser squadron, course south-west.””
“Then the battle cruiser and her consort steamed out into the Sea of Marmara, with the green coastline shimmering in the distance across a light blue sea.”
“The U.S.S. Enterprise, along with the Klingon battle cruiser Klothos, had barely succeeded in escaping from the mysterious triangle and the equally peculiar rift in the space-time continuum it was now known to harbor.”
“When Breslau turned back, Kelly decided to attack her and thereby force the battle cruiser also to turn and deal with him.”
“Two days later, Admiral Souchon took his battle cruiser and other ships into the Black Sea to bombard Russian ports, and Turkey entered the war.”
“Milne had now been assigned four tasks: he was to support the French in protecting the troop convoys in the western Mediterranean; he was to observe and bottle up the Austrians in the Adriatic; he was to find and sink Goeben wherever she was; and he was to prevent the German battle cruiser from breaking out past Gibraltar.”
“In 1913, for example, Vickers completed Kongo, then the finest battle cruiser in the world, for Japan.”
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