Definition of battleship noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbætlʃɪp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætlʃɪp//
Types of boats and ships
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a very large ship used in war, with big guns and heavy armour (= metal plates that cover the ship to protect it) See related entries: Types of boats and ships Word Originlate 18th cent.: shortening of line-of-battle ship, originally with reference to the largest wooden warships.
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