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cor·vette

 (kôr-vĕt′)
n.
1. A fast, lightly armed warship, smaller than a destroyer, often armed for antisubmarine operations.
2. An obsolete sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, usually armed with one tier of guns.

[French, a kind of warship, probably from Middle Dutch corf, basket, small ship; see corf.]

corvette

(kɔːˈvɛt)
n
(Military) a lightly armed escort warship
[C17: from Old French, perhaps from Middle Dutch corf basket, small ship, from Latin corbis basket]

cor•vette

(kɔrˈvɛt)

also cor•vet

(kɔrˈvɛt, ˈkɔr vɛt)

n.
1. a warship of the old sailing class, having a flush deck and usu. one tier of guns.
2. a lightly armed ship, used esp. as a convoy escort and ranging in size between a destroyer and a gunboat.
[1630–40; < French, Middle French < Middle Dutch corver pursuit boat (derivative of corf fishing boat, literally, basket)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.corvette - a highly maneuverable escort warshipcorvette - a highly maneuverable escort warship; smaller than a destroyer
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
Translations
korvetti
korveta
korvetaкорвета

corvette

[kɔːˈvet] Ncorbeta f

corvette

[kɔːrˈvɛt] n (= ship) → corvette f

corvette

n (Naut) → Korvette f
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