Definitions

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

  • n. A ship equipped for detecting, destroying, removing, or neutralizing explosive marine mines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vehicle, device or person with the purpose of removing explosive mines (landmines or water mines).
  • n. A logic-based computer game in which the player has to discover the position of mines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boat designed for the purpose of detecting and disposing of marine mines.

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

  • n. ship equipped to detect and then destroy or neutralize or remove marine mines

Etymologies

From mine + sweeper. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bartleby minimize the window on his PC containing his minesweeper game—which he was, in fact, just simply putting the screws to, to put it mildly—right as I gave a quick courtesy knock and, subsequently, walked through the CEO's open office door.

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  • In 1942, at the age of only 21, he was a radio operator on a small minesweeper on one of the ill-fated arctic convoys and was on one of the few ships to make it through to Archangel.

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  • Get really good at spider solitaire, minesweeper and micro$oft hearts. orlo

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  • Web Zen: Geek Media Zen meme breaks first 50 digits of pi create digital music progress bars pretty loaded minesweeper: the movie mac vs. pc sniper twins

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  • William respected his father for having commanded a minesweeper in peacetime.

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  • I waited about two days, on the beach and in the water, for evacuation and was picked up by a navy rowing boat and taken to HMS Skipjack, a navy minesweeper, which delivered us across the channel and landed us at Folkestone.

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  • At the time, he was a Boatswain 3rd Class assigned to a minesweeper called the Exultant.

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  • "We can be sure that these are the British ships that went down during the war of independence," said Võrk, who authorised the use of new sonar equipment by the Estonian minesweeper Ugandi.

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  • Sonar searches by an Estonian minesweeper have located the remains of the cruiser HMS Cassandra and two Flower Class sloops, HMS Myrtle and HMS Gentian, in deep water near the island of Saaremaa.

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  • Well, after about six or eight weeks of minesweeper duty off Staten Island, this, that and the other, I found myself doing what an apprentice seaman does.

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