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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.]
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(Military) a lightly armed escort warship
[C17: from Old French, perhaps from Middle Dutch corf basket, small ship, from Latin corbis basket]
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also cor•vet

(kɔrˈvɛt, ˈkɔr vɛt)

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)]
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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
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[kɔːˈvet] Ncorbeta f
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[kɔːrˈvɛt] n (= ship) → corvette f
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n (Naut) → Korvette f
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The Susquehanna, a corvette of 500 horse-power, of the United States navy, was occupied in taking soundings in the Pacific Ocean about 200 miles off the American coast, following that long peninsula which stretches down the coast of Mexico.
His corvette had not even felt the great tempest, which by sweeping away the groups of clouds on the Rocky Mountains, had allowed them to observe the course of the famous projectile.
To the corvette Susquehanna had been confided the first operations of sounding.
It will be absolutely necessary that the place you may select have a small harbor, creek, or bay, into which my corvette can enter and remain at anchor.
It is true that a brisk wind had prevailed for three days; but the corvette was known to be a good sailer and solid in its timbers; it had no need to fear a gale of wind, and it ought, according to the calculation of D'Artagnan, to have either returned to Brest, or come back to the mouth of the Loire.
I chose this place, because, having served last in a little corvette, I knew I should feel more at home where I had a constant opportunity of knocking my head against the ceiling.
"Every letter is there!" [He repeats it.] "A Henry cinq cedera (his crown of course); de Saint-Cloud partira; en nauf (that's an old French word for skiff, vessel, felucca, corvette, anything you like) errera--"
Four heavy, doublebanked frigates and three corvettes to frighten a parcel of naked heathen into subjection!
They embarked in the corvettes Boussole and the Astrolabe, neither of which were again heard of.
KARACHI -- Second state of art 2300 Tons Corvette vessel inducted into Pakistan Navy in a ceremony held in Romania.
ISLAMABAD -- Launching ceremony of the second state of the art 2300 Tons Corvette vessel built for Pakistan Navy was held in Romania.
With the highly-anticipated launch of ( General Motors' (( GM ) ( Chevy Corvette C8 fresh off the presses, news of the next iteration of the sports car has already emerged.