American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship, having three tiers of oars on each side.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel with three benches, ranks, or tiers of oars on a side: a type of ancient Greek war-ship of great efficiency, copied by the Romans and other peoples. The trireme was provided with one, two, or three masts, which were unstepped when the vessel was not under sail. At first naval battles were simply contests of weight or force, and the victory fell to the trireme which had the greatest number of lighting men, or the best-disciplined, on board, nautical manœuvers being scarcely attempted. The Athenians, however, in the fifth century b. c., introduced very skilful naval tactics, and made hand-to-hand fighting by the marines subordinate to the attempt to disable the enemy's ship by ramming her amidships, or by crushing her banks of oars. The perfected trireme resembled more closely in theory and tactics the modern steam-ram than any form of ship that has intervened. It was long, narrow, and swift; the modern steam-engine was represented by the mechanical rowing of about 170 men, carefully trained, and under perfect command; and it was entirely independent of its sails, which were not hoisted unless, while cruising, the wind chanced to be favorable.
- n. history, nautical, archaic A galley with three banks of oars, one above the other, used mainly as a warship.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Class. Antiq.) An ancient galley or vessel with tree banks, or tiers, of oars.
- n. ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship having three tiers of oars on each side
- From Latin trirēmis, from tri- + rēmus ("oar"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin trirēmis : tri-, tri- + rēmus, oar. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word trireme comes from three and "remus," meaning oar.”
“In fact, the name trireme was used loosely for all ships of war whether they had two banks of oars or three.”
“A New York-based non-profit is trying to restore a full-scale replica of the ancient Athenian warship known as a trireme and row it in the city's harbor.”
“Rowing a Trireme on the Hudson A group of New Yorkers is trying to restore a full-scale model of the ancient Athenian warship known as a trireme and row it in the city's harbor on July 4 next year.”
“First, a trireme from the Greek island of Samothrace, fighting for Persia, rammed an Athenian trireme.”
“For the countrymen of Phormio had now reverted to the primitive conditions of naval warfare, in which the trireme was a mere vehicle for carrying troops, and not, as in the days of that great captain, the chief weapon of offence.”
“At the time of the Persian war the trireme was the standard type of warship, as it had been for the hundred years before, and continued to be during the hundred years that followed.”
“The nominal, and sometimes actual, commander of the trireme is her trierarch; but obviously a cultivated old gentleman like Eustathius is no man to manage the ship in a sea fight.”
“For him a trireme is a most marvelous and magnificent sight.”
“-- The genesis of the trireme was the old PENTECONTER ( "fifty-oar ship") which, in its prime features, was simply a long, narrow, open hull, with slightly raised prow and stern cabins, pulling twenty-five oars to a side.”
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