from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small warship carrying guns on one deck only.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. formerly, a vessel of war rigged either as a ship, brig, or schooner, and mounting from ten to thirty-two guns; now, any war vessel larger than a gunboat, and carrying guns on one deck only.
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- n. a sailing or steam warship having cannons on only one deck
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To Morris, he drafted a twenty-three-page letter, nursing old wounds “will posterity believe,” he demanded, “that … the sloop of war Ranger was the best I was ever enabled, by my country, to bring into active service?”
Two days later, the British sloop of war the Vulture sailed up the Hudson River into the highlands and anchored in Haverstraw Bay, four miles south of Stony Point.
On motion of Mr. GARLINGTON, by striking out, in the second resolution, the words, "and destruction of the sloop of war Mercideta and other vessels;" and
Pollock’s first wartime service to Congress was to intercede with the local authorities when a visiting British sloop of war seized the Lady Catherine, a ship sent by Morris on a munitions venture in 1776.
With these orders in hand, Bingham departed Philadelphia aboard the Continental sloop of war Reprisal, armed with eighteen six-pound guns and helmed by the enterprising Captain Lambert Wickes.
An expedition was now fitting out to explore a north-east passage, conducted by the Honourable John Constantine Phipps, since Lord Mulgrave, in his Majesty's sloop of war the Race Horse.