from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An armed ship with its upper deck cut away, and thus reduced to the next inferior rate, such as a seventy-four cut down to a frigate.
- v. To cut (a ship) down to a smaller number of decks, and thus to an inferior rate or class.
- v. To trim or abridge by cutting off parts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An armed ship having her upper deck cut away, and thus reduced to the next inferior rate, as a seventy-four cut down to a frigate.
- transitive v. To cut down to a less number of decks, and thus to an inferior rate or class, as a ship; hence, to prune or abridge by cutting off or retrenching parts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ship of war cut down to a smaller size by reducing the number of decks.
- To cut down or reduce to a lower class, as a ship; hence, to lessen or abridge by cutting out parts: as, to razee a book or an article.
French vaisseau rasé, from raser to rase, to cut down ships. See raze and rase (verbs). (Wiktionary)