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

  • n. A warship of the largest class, such as a battleship or an aircraft carrier.

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  • n. the most important types of warships, capable of projecting fleet-in-being

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  • n. a warship of the first rank in size and armament


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  • All were designed with 32-knot speed, a draft of only 22 feet — five feet less than any other British capital ship — and armor so thin that the Grand Fleet, which dubbed them Outrageous, Uproarious, and Spurious, could find almost no use for them.

    Castles of Steel


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