Definition of gunboat in English:


Line breaks: gun|boat
Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌnbəʊt


A small fast ship with guns mounted on it, for use in shallow coastal waters and rivers.
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  • These colonial naval forces consisted in the main of torpedo boats, gunboats and other small craft.
  • He confirmed that Royal Navy gunboats will patrol British waters on the hunt for illegal refugees and asylum seekers.
  • The Polish Navy consisted of four destroyers, five submarines, two gunboats, a mine-layer and six mine sweepers - which meant that any German attack from the sea could not be repulsed.

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