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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
References in classic literature ?
From Commodore Porter he received the alarming intelligence that the British frigate Phoebe, with a store-ship mounted with battering pieces, calculated to attack forts, had arrived at Rio Janeiro, where she had been joined by the sloops of war Cherub and Raccoon, and that they had all sailed in company on the 6th of July for the Pacific, bound, as it was supposed, to Columbia River.
Previous ships to bear the name included a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, an Omaha-class light cruiser, a Montgomery-class cruiser and two 19th century sloops of war.