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- noun A warship having at least two gun decks, armed powerfully enough to take a position in the line of battle.
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- noun nautical, military A
large square-rigged warshiplarge enough to have a place in the line of battle. with up to 140 gunson at least two decks. A capital shipfrom the ageof sail, superior to a frigate; usually, a seventy-four, or three-decker.
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- noun a warship intended for combat
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Contraction of line of battle ship, a warship large enough to be in the line of battle.
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