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ship of the line

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

  • n. A warship having at least two gun decks, armed powerfully enough to take a position in the line of battle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large square-rigged warship large enough to have a place in the line of battle. with up to 140 guns on at least two decks. A capital ship from the age of sail, superior to a frigate; usually, a seventy-four, or three-decker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. formerly, a ship of war large enough to have a place in the line of battle; a vessel superior to a frigate; usually, a seventy-four, or three-decker; -- called also line of battle ship or battleship.
  • n. See under Line.

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

  • n. a warship intended for combat

Etymologies

Contraction of line of battle ship, a warship large enough to be in the line of battle. (Wiktionary)

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