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.
But strong rebel sympathy among the populace convinced Campbell to leave office and take refuge on a British sloop of war.
Later, as captain of the sloop of war Providence and as commander of both the Alfred and the Providence, he captured several British merchantmen.