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  • n. Plural form of seventy-four.

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Examples

  • Here, our old sailors say, in their black seventy-fours great admirals sometimes sit at table, and lord it over rows of captains and lieutenants.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • The dusk was drawing in, shadowing the big seventy-fours that were the workhorses of the British fleet.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • The English ships were all seventy-fours; the French had three eighty-gun ships, and one three-decker of one hundred and twenty.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • He required two seventy-fours and eight or ten frigates and sloops; but when he demanded this reinforcement, Admiral Hotham had left the command.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • Nelson sailed from Gibraltar on the 9th of May, with the VANGUARD, ORION, and ALEXANDER, seventy-fours; the CAROLINE, FLORA,

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • Especially was he made uneasy by a report on September 2 of the arrival at Sandy Hook of six seventy-fours under Rear Admiral Hyde Parker.

    Washington

  • But they would serve his purpose; in his scheme the frigates became three-deckers and the brigs seventy-fours and the schooners frigates.

    Hornblower In The West Indies

  • Charlotte_, 108, led a squadron of eighteen men of war, of from ten to one hundred and four guns, and including three seventy-fours, out of

    The Story of the Barbary Corsairs

  • We had only five sail of seventy-fours, two sixty-fours, two fifties, and one frigate, engaged; a bomb vessel, towards the latter end, threw some shells into the arsenal.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 2

  • Ten ships of the line, among which was one of eighty guns, the rest chiefly seventy-fours, and from six to eight frigates, on the one side: on the other, seven block-ships; of which, only one of seventy-four, the rest of sixty-four and under; two frigates; and six smaller vessels.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 2

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