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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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corvette[kɔːˈvet] N → corbeta f
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corvette[kɔːrˈvɛt] n (= ship) → corvette f
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n (Naut) → Korvette f
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