from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small ketch or vessel, very strongly built, on which mortars are mounted to be used in naval bombardments; -- called also mortar vessel.
  • n. See under Bomb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small, strongly built, ketch-rigged vessel, carrying one mortar or more, for service in a bombardment. Also called bomb-vessel.


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