from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ancient galley equipped with two tiers of oars on each side.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an ancient galley having two banks of oars, one above the other.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient galley or vessel with two banks or tiers of oars.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient galley having two banks or tiers of oars.
To increase the driving force and the speed, they added a second and then a third bank of oars, thus producing the "bireme" and the "trireme."
Director Wolfgang Petersen recreates a long-ago world of bireme warships, clashing armies, the massive fortress city and the towering Trojan Horse.
Hence find bireme, hemiolia, merchantman, myoparo, quinquereme, sixteener and trireme in the glossary of Fortune's Favorites.
At nights, when the sea was quiet and the bireme rocked to and fro with the swells, he would often awake with a jerk, his body soaked in cold sweat as memories rushed on him in his sleep.
The galley they were sailing on was a military bireme, twin-oared, a lot different from the trading ship that had brought him to the mines.
From Crete, the bireme made a straight approach to Rhodes for a two-day stop during which Casca and the others were allowed to exercise themselves on deck (the crew used them to help load a cargo of skins and other items into the hold next to the slave section).
The ashes reached the bireme far out at sea and turned the ship into a filthy mess of wet ash and powdered pumice that invaded everything from the pores of their skins to the food they ate.
There they were loaded on a bireme, a twin-banked coastal ship that would take them to the port of Cenchrea.
So that even now, when the hortator of the bireme struck the skin hide of the drum to set the measure for the oarsmen, Casca could feel a twinge seem to ripple over his back, for a slave master's lash, on the galley he had slaved on, had made its mark there.
Casca was on a bireme out of Antium when Yesuvius blew and smothered Herculaneum and Pompeii beneath tons of ash and lava.