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ship of the line

n. pl. ships of the line
A wooden warship of the late 1600s to the early 1800s, having at least two gun decks and armed powerfully enough to take a position in the line of battle.

ship of the line

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(Nautical Terms) nautical (formerly) a warship large enough to fight in the first line of battle

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n.
a sailing warship armed powerfully enough to serve in the line of battle.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ship of the line - a warship intended for combatship of the line - 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
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