Definitions

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

  • n. A ship equipped for laying explosive underwater mines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ship that lays mines or one designed or intended to lay mines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a ship equipped for laying underwater mines.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ship equipped for laying marine mines

Etymologies

mine +‎ layer (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer.

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  • For a moment, he considered simply transporting his people away from the minelayer and destroying it, but just as quickly discarded the notion.

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  • “The minelayer is completely inert, along with all of the mines.”

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  • One submarine minelayer, U-74, was sunk by trawler gunfire as she was making her way into Moray Firth.

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  • On May 29, a fourth minelayer, U-75, operating in thick fog, laid her twenty-two mines off the Orkneys, between Marwick Head and the Brough of Birsay.

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  • A third minelayer, UC-3, disappeared on May 27, perhaps after hitting a British mine in the eastern Channel.

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  • That night Jellicoe was bringing 28 dreadnought battleships, 9 dreadnought battle cruisers, 8 armored cruisers, 26 light cruisers, 78 destroyers, a minelayer, and an aircraft carrier.

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  • One was U-156, a large Deutschland-class minelayer returning from the U.S.

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  • Russian civilians were killed, oil tanks were set on fire, and a Russian gunboat, a minelayer, and six merchant ships were sunk.

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  • For thirty minutes, the submarine minelayer UC-29 circled the ship, conducting a periscope reconnaissance.

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