Definition of battleship in English:

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battleship

Pronunciation: /ˈbadlˌSHip/

noun

A heavy warship of a type built chiefly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with extensive armor and large-caliber 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: bat·tle·ship

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