Definition of gunboat in English:


Syllabification: gun·boat
Pronunciation: /ˈgənˌbōt


  • A small, fast ship mounting guns, 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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