man-of-war


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man-of-war

 (măn′ə-wôr′)
n. pl. men-of-war
1. See warship.
2. pl., also man-of-wars A Portuguese man-of-war.

man-of-war

or

man o' war

n, pl men-of-war or men o' war
1. (Nautical Terms) a warship
2. (Animals) See Portuguese man-of-war

war•ship

(ˈwɔrˌʃɪp)

n.
a ship built or armed for combat purposes.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.man-of-war - a warship intended for combatman-of-war - a warship intended for combat  
sailing warship - a warship that was powered by sails and equipped with many heavy guns; not built after the middle of the 19th century
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
2.man-of-war - large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentaclesman-of-war - large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentacles
siphonophore - a floating or swimming oceanic colony of polyps often transparent or showily colored
genus Physalia, Physalia - Portuguese man-of-war
Translations

man-of-war

[ˈmænəvˈwɔːʳ] N (men-of-war (pl)) [ˈmenəvˈwɔːʳ] Nbuque m de guerra
References in classic literature ?
Dance a hornpipe," cut in Fred, as Jo paused for breath, "and, as they danced, the rubbishy old castle turned to a man-of-war in full sail.
Espied by some timid man-of-war or blundering discovery-vessel from afar, when the distance obscuring the swarming fowls, nevertheless still shows the white mass floating in the sun, and the white spray heaving high against it; straightway the whale's unharming corpse, with trembling fingers is set down in the log -- shoals, rocks, and breakers hereabouts: beware
Gardner was engaged that spring in building two large man-of-war brigs, professedly for the Mexican government.
I had my own old plate, with a brown view of a man-of-war in full sail upon it, which Peggotty had hoarded somewhere all the time I had been away, and would not have had broken, she said, for a hundred pounds.
Matkah taught him to follow the cod and the halibut along the under-sea banks and wrench the rockling out of his hole among the weeds; how to skirt the wrecks lying a hundred fathoms below water and dart like a rifle bullet in at one porthole and out at another as the fishes ran; how to dance on the top of the waves when the lightning was racing all over the sky, and wave his flipper politely to the stumpy-tailed Albatross and the Man-of-war Hawk as they went down the wind; how to jump three or four feet clear of the water like a dolphin, flippers close to the side and tail curved; to leave the flying fish alone because they are all bony; to take the shoulder-piece out of a cod at full speed ten fathoms deep, and never to stop and look at a boat or a ship, but particularly a row-boat.
But I can declare she is a man-of-war, for a long pennant flutters from her main mast.
The order was executed as promptly as it would have been on board a man-of-war.
Once more was a narrative of his experiences to be preserved in 'White Jacket; or, the World in a Man-of-War.
The poor voyageurs, too, continually irritated his spleen by their "lubberly" and unseemly habits, so abhorrent to one accustomed to the cleanliness of a man-of-war.
gasped he at length, after turning more colors than a pirate runs up, one after the other, when chased by a man-of-war.
I believe I have lived as much on board as most women, and I know nothing superior to the accommodations of a man-of-war.
To let her talk about familiar and simple things was the easiest way of carrying on his own independent train of thought; and he sat listening to her simple chronicle of swimming, sailing and riding, varied by an occasional dance at the primitive inn when a man-of-war came in.