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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A ship of war rated as carrying 74 guns; a 74-gun ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) A naval vessel carrying seventy-four guns.

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  • noun The cardinal number immediately following seventy-three and preceding seventy-five.
  • noun historical A ship having seventy-four guns.

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  • adjective being four more than seventy

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  • A type of two-decked sailing ship-of-the-line nominally carrying 74 guns. Originally developed by the French Navy in the mid-18th century, the design proved to be a good balance between firepower and sailing qualities, and was adopted by the British Royal Navy (where it was classified as third-rate). Seventy-fours were a mainstay of world fleets into the early 19th century; they were supplanted by larger vessels built with improved construction techniques and by the introduction of steam power.

    February 5, 2008