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An ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship, having three tiers of oars on each side.

[Latin trirēmis : tri-, tri- + rēmus, oar; see erə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Nautical Terms) a galley, developed by the ancient Greeks as a warship, with three banks of oars on each side
[C17: from Latin trirēmis, from tri- + rēmus oar]
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(ˈtraɪ rim)

an ancient galley, used chiefly as a warship, having three banks or tiers of oars on each side.
[1595–1605; < Latin trirēmis having three banks of oars]
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Noun1.trireme - ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship having three tiers of oars on each sidetrireme - ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship having three tiers of oars on each side
galley - (classical antiquity) a crescent-shaped seagoing vessel propelled by oars
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[ˈtraɪriːm] Ntrirreme m
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nTriere f, → Trireme f
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References in classic literature ?
The navigation of his craft must have engrossed all the Roman's attention in the calm of a summer's day (he would choose his weather), when the single row of long sweeps (the galley would be a light one, not a trireme) could fall in easy cadence upon a sheet of water like plate-glass, reflecting faithfully the classic form of his vessel and the contour of the lonely shores close on his left hand.
Now when the spirits which were in the meadow had tarried seven days, on the eighth they were obliged to proceed on their journey, and, on the fourth day after, he said that they came to a place where they could see from above a line of light, straight as a column, extending right through the whole heaven and through the earth, in colour resembling the rainbow, only brighter and purer; another day's journey brought them to the place, and there, in the midst of the light, they saw the ends of the chains of heaven let down from above: for this light is the belt of heaven, and holds together the circle of the universe, like the under-girders of a trireme. From these ends is extended the spindle of Necessity, on which all the revolutions turn.
It took four days to go up this canal, and it was so wide that two triremes could go abreast.
Soon Armstrong was building warships and fitting them with guns of such awesome potency that made the age of sail seem as distant as the trireme. By the time the great inventor died, his great guns were weighing in at 110 tons (imperial).
The famous, if esoteric, example was about how an ancient Greek trireme was rowed, which led to the actual reconstruction of one."
This is because everybody with even the most rudimentary understanding of anything resembling political economy should understand that a Lebanese state with no budget is a Phoenician trireme lost among dangerous reefs before an unknown coast.
lonely communication-baying trireme, turning helicopters
LONDON: Trireme Insurance Group announced that it has acquired MGB Insurance Brokers Limited.
After reviewing regional ancient history, Desantis discusses the invention of the trireme ship and galley that made the Athenian fleet dominant in the Mediterranean Sea for a century, and recounts the major battles of the Archidamian War, the Sicilian Expedition, and the Ionian War.
Summary: Lebanese American University students and environmental activists completed the maiden voyage Sunday of the country's first ever Phoenician-style trireme made of thousands of plastic bottles.
They were rowing a Coventry-made replica section of a trireme, a warship propelled by oarsmen sitting on three levels, in the sheltered waters of the moat at Coombe Abbey.