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.
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- 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
Jones was used to sullen quarterdecks, but the one he mounted aboard the Russian ship of the line was openly defiant.
The Moniteur Universel would have blazed out in a paean of triumph, declaring to the Continent that this loss of a ship of the line was clear proof that England was tottering to her fall like ancient Carthage; in a month or two's time presumably there would be another announcement to the effect that a traitorous servant of perfidious Albion had met his just deserts against a wall in Vincennes or Montjuich.
Meanwhile, a French seventy-four-gun ship of the line hit a rock and foundered, with a loss of 200 men.
The mist there was parting and the outline of a ship of the line was emerging from it, less than a mile away and on almost the same course as Le Rêve's.
The first one briefly announced that a dispatch by semaphore just received from Perpignan informed the Ministry of Marine that an English ship of the line had been captured at Rosas.
The AGAMEMNON stood towards her, having no ship of the line to support her within several miles.
In August of 1816 he was again transferred, to the Queen Charlotte, Captain Brisbane, a ship of the line of 120 guns, and the flagship of Admiral Lord Exmouth, commanding in the Mediterranean.
They left him alone; the officers of the watch collected on the other side of the ship and only stared at him unobtrusively, politely concealing their curiosity about this man who had just heard of the death of his wife, who had escaped from a French prison, who was waiting his trial for surrendering his ship — the first captain to strike his colours in a British ship of the line since Captain Ferris in the Hannibal at Algecira.