ship of the line


ship of the line
a large square-rigged warship large enough to have a place in the line of battle. with up to 140 guns on at least two decks. A capital ship from the age of sail, superior to a frigate; usually, a seventy-four, or three-decker. (Totten).

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  • Ship of the line — Line Line, n. [OE. line, AS. l[=i]ne cable, hawser, prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea. See {Linen}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ship of the line — Ship Ship, n. [OE. ship, schip, AS. scip; akin to OFries. skip, OS. scip, D. schip, G. schiff, OHG. scif, Dan. skib, Sw. skeep, Icel. & Goth. skip; of unknown origin. Cf. {Equip}, {Skiff}, {Skipper}.] 1. Any large seagoing vessel. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ship of the line — n. former a warship of the largest class, having a position in the line of battle …   English World dictionary

  • ship of the line — ship′ of the line′ n. mil a sailing warship armed powerfully enough to serve in the line of battle • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • Ship of the line — A ship of the line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th century through the mid 19th century, to take part in the the naval tactic known as the line of battle, in which two columns of opposing warships would manoeuvre to bring… …   Wikipedia

  • ship of the line — a former sailing warship armed powerfully enough to serve in the line of battle, usually having cannons ranged along two or more decks; battleship. [1700 10] * * * Type of sailing warship, the principal vessel of the West s great navies from the… …   Universalium

  • ship of the line — noun a warship intended for combat • Syn: ↑man of war • Hypernyms: ↑warship, ↑war vessel, ↑combat ship • Hyponyms: ↑sailing warship * * * : a ship of war large enough to have a place in the …   Useful english dictionary

  • ship of the line — noun History a ship with heavy enough armour and gunpowder to be in the line of battle; a battleship …   Australian English dictionary

  • ship of the line — noun historical a warship of the largest size, used in the line of battle …   English new terms dictionary

  • ship of the line — Date: 1706 a large warship; specifically a square rigged warship having at least two gun decks and designed to be positioned for battle in a line with other such ships …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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