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 ?
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
Once more was a narrative of his experiences to be preserved in 'White Jacket; or, the World in a Man-of-War.
But I can declare she is a man-of-war, for a long pennant flutters from her main mast.
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.
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.
And indeed on the Sunday fixed for this ceremony there was such a stir among the people, and such an enthusiasm among the townsfolk, that even a Frenchman, who laughs at everything at all times, could not have helped admiring the character of those honest Hollanders, who were equally ready to spend their money for the construction of a man-of-war -- that is to say, for the support of national honour -- as they were to reward the growth of a new flower, destined to bloom for one day, and to serve during that day to divert the ladies, the learned, and the curious.
Then came the man-of-war that threw shells for miles into the hills, frightening the people out of their villages and into the deeper bush.
It was the commander of a Chinese man-of-war who received a copy of the edict of 1972 from the hand of my illustrious ancestor, Admiral Turck, on one hundred seventy-five, two hundred and six years ago, and from the yellowed pages of the admiral's diary I learned that the fate of the Philippines was even then presaged by these Chinese naval officers.