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Any of a class of very large warships, heavily armored and armed with numerous large-caliber guns. Also called battlewagon.

[Short for line-of-battle ship.]
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(ˈbætəlˌʃɪp) or


1. (Military) a heavily armoured warship of the largest type having many large-calibre guns
2. (Military) (formerly) a warship of sufficient size and armament to take her place in the line of battle; ship of the line
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(ˈbæt lˌʃɪp)

any of a class of warships that are heavily armored and are equipped with powerful armaments.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battleship - large and heavily armoured warshipbattleship - large and heavily armoured warship  
dreadnaught, dreadnought - battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
pocket battleship - a small battleship built to conform with treaty limitations on tonnage and armament (from 1925 to 1930)
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
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noun warship, gunboat, man-of-war, ship of the line, capital ship the rumble of a great battleship going down the slipway
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بارِجَ، سَفينَه حَرْبيَّهسَفِينَة حَرْبِيَّة
bitevní loď
ratni brod
bojová loď
chiến hạm


[ˈbætlʃɪp] N
1. (Mil) → acorazado m
2. battleships (= game) → los barquitos (juego)
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[ˈbætəlʃɪp] ncuirassé m
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[ˈbætlˌʃɪp] nnave f da guerra
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(ˈbӕtl) noun
a fight between opposing armies or individuals. the last battle of the war.
to fight.
ˈbattlefield noun
the place where a battle is, or was, fought. dead bodies covered the battlefield.
ˈbattleship noun
a heavily armed and armoured warship.
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سَفِينَة حَرْبِيَّة bitevní loď slagskib Kriegsschiff θωρηκτό acorazado sotalaiva cuirassé ratni brod corazzata 戦艦 전함 slagschip slagskip okręt wojenny couraçado линкор slagskepp เรือรบ muharebe zırhlısı chiến hạm 战舰
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Smallways heard men hurrying along the passage, and was drawn out to the gallery, where he found nearly a dozen officers collected and scrutinising the helpless ruins of the battleship through field-glasses.
Charley was off in his battleship, cruising somewhere on the Caribbean sea.
I had raced through space on the tiny one-man air scout and I had commanded the greatest battleship that ever had floated in the thin air of dying Mars.
Clayton asked no questions--he did not need to--and the following day, as the great lines of a British battleship grew out of the distant horizon, he half determined to demand that he and Lady Alice be put aboard her, for his fears were steadily increasing that nothing but harm could result from remaining on the lowering, sullen Fuwalda.
The ceremony was as stiff and formal as court etiquette could make it, and when the last of the Dusarians clambered over the rail of the battleship that had brought them upon this fateful visit to the court of Ptarth, and the mighty engine of destruction had risen slowly from the ways of the landing-stage, a note of relief was apparent in the voice of Thuvan Dihn as he turned to one of his officers with a word of comment upon a subject foreign to that which had been uppermost in the minds of all for hours.
Her prow sloped sharply backward from the water-line--quite like a line of battleship. Perry had designed her more for moral effect upon an enemy, I think, than for any real harm she might inflict, and so those parts which were to show were the most imposing.
I had seen the mechanism of the primitive fighting beast, and I was as strongly impressed as if I had seen the engines of a great battleship or Atlantic liner.
It was simply a message from one battleship to another.
A frugal mind cannot defend itself from considerable bitterness when reflecting that at the Battle of Actium (which was fought for no less a stake than the dominion of the world) the fleet of Octavianus Caesar and the fleet of Antonius, including the Egyptian division and Cleopatra's galley with purple sails, probably cost less than two modern battleships, or, as the modern naval book-jargon has it, two capital units.
"And how many impenetrable battleships strike terror to the hearts of all Christian swine?" he asked the Imaum of the Ever Victorious Navy.
The treaty ports of the world were never entered by her visiting battleships.
He had been a member of the ill- fated expedition which had fallen into the hands of the Tharks at the time of Dejah Thoris' capture, and he briefly related the events which followed the defeat of the battleships.