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battleship Line breaks: battle|ship
Pronunciation: /ˈbat(ə)lʃɪp/

Definition of battleship in English:


A heavy warship of a type built chiefly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with extensive armour protection and large-calibre guns.
Example sentences
  • Wind has disrupted the advance of great warships like battleships and aircraft carriers.
  • The Navy had arrived with impressive looking warships and battleships, armed to the teeth with many a cannon and gun.
  • This is a legacy of the Second World War, in which the aircraft carrier replaced the battleship as the capital ship of fleets.


Late 18th century: shortening of line-of-battle ship, originally with reference to the largest wooden warships.

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