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  • n. A combat ship. Also called man-of-war.

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  • n. Any ship built or armed for naval combat.

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  • n. a government ship that is available for waging war


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war +‎ ship.


  • A U.S. warship is patrolling waters near Somalia to find a Japanese ship that was hijacked by pirates.

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  • Nelson's Victory, the world's oldest commissioned warship, is indeed in Portsmouth, but it is not, as Hitchens says, "moored as a floating museum."

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  • In the past, ships could be held in reserve unmanned to be ready in emergency and further ships could be adapted from merchant vessels; today, the warship is too specialized for it to be effective from merchant ship conversion.

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  • U.N. representatives joined actors Edward James Olmos, who played the commander of the show's title warship, and Mary McDonnell, who starred as President Laura Roslin, his civilian superior.

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  • June 8th, 2009 BRUSSELS - NATO is to launch a new, long-term warship fleet dedicated to fighting piracy off Somalia, a senior US diplomat said Monday.

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  • With the arrival of the Age of Enlightenment, the warship was a product with a difference, and the technology used was later incorporated into merchant navy vessels.

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  • Pirates are all over these waters and the warship will be a deterrent to any more pirates coming onboard and most importantly perhaps basic communications between the crews still onboard the Maersk Alabama and the U.S. Navy.

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  • The warship was a ghost from a bloody past, a death-specter, a haunt.

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  • The captain of a warship is the personal representative of the king of the nation whose flag he flies.


  • In another part of the warship were the big projectiles, some arranged to be fired as solid shots, and others with a bursting charge.

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  • I worship warships.

    May 21, 2008