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!
In'White-Jacket; or, the World in a Man-of-War' (1850), Melville almost regained it.
But I can declare she is a man-of-war, for a long pennant flutters from her main mast."
I cast a last look at the man-of-war, which was putting on steam, and rejoined Ned and Conseil.
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. These poor fresh-water sailors, so vainglorious on shore, and almost amphibious when on lakes and rivers, lost all heart and stomach the moment they were at sea.
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. I declare I have not a comfort or an indulgence about me, even at Kellynch Hall,"(with a kind bow to Anne), "beyond what I always had in most of the ships I have lived in; and they have been five altogether."
"And I do assure you, ma'am," pursued Mrs Croft, "that nothing can exceed the accommodations of a man-of-war; I speak, you know, of the higher rates.
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.