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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any one of a class of warships of the largest size, carrying the greatest number of weapons and clad with the heaviest armor. Also called battlewagon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Large capital warship displacing tens of thousands of tons, heavily armoured and armed with big guns. Battleships are now obsolescent, replaced by smaller vessels with guided missiles. Types: dreadnought, pre-dreadnought.
  • n. Non-functional rocket stage, used for configuration and integration tests.
  • n. A guessing game played on grid paper, see Battleship (game)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An armor-plated warship built of steel and heavily armed, generally having over ten thousand tons displacement, and intended to be fit to combat the heaviest enemy ships in line of battle; the most heavily armed and armored class of warship at any given time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ship of war; specifically, a powerful war-ship designed to fight in the line of battle; in recent use, a heavily armored and armed sea-going war-ship intended for the line of battle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large and heavily armoured warship

Etymologies

Short for line-of-battle ship.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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