Definition of Monitor and Merrimack from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Monitor and Merrimack

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two ships during the American Civil War that fought the first battle in history between 'ironclads' (= ships covered with iron). The battle was on 9 March 1862 at Hampton Roads, a channel of water in Virginia. There was no clear result, showing that such ships were no longer useful in war.