sloop of war


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sloop of war

n. pl. sloops of war
A small warship carrying guns on one deck only.

sloop of war

n
(Military) (formerly) a small fast sailing warship mounting some 10 to 30 small calibre guns on one deck

sloop′ of war′


n.
an armed sailing vessel, smaller than a frigate, having cannons on only one deck.
[1695–1705]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sloop of war - a sailing or steam warship having cannons on only one deck
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
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This is a work, however, which I have never happened to meet with; and Stewart, the chaplain of the American sloop of war Vincennes, has likewise devoted a portion of his book, entitled 'A Visit to the South Seas', to the same subject.
I’ve often heard of that Bay of State,” said Benjamin, “but can’t say that I’ve ever been in it, nor do I know exactly whereaway it is that it lays; but I suppose there is good anchorage in it, and that it’s no bad place for the taking of ling; but for size it can’t be so much as a yawl to a sloop of war compared with the Bay of Biscay, or, mayhap, Torbay.
The first USS Detroit was a British sloop of war captured by the U.