- a warship of maximum speed and firepower, but with lighter armor than a battleship.
Origin of battle cruiser
First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for battle cruiser
The battle-cruiser is a hybrid and, as this war has proved, a most useful war-vessel.The British Navy Book
It remains to consider the function of the battle-cruiser in the line of battle.Naval Warfare
James R. Thursfield
On the occasion of the Heligoland fight, one paper announced in large print that the British battle-cruiser Lion had been sunk.Wounded and a Prisoner of War
Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
The silk, somehow, seemed strangely out of place in the gun-turret of a battle-cruiser.Pincher Martin, O.D.
H. Taprell Dorling
We were then closely engaged with three German ships—a battle-cruiser and two light cruisers.The Heroic Record of the British Navy
- a warship of battleship size but with lighter armour and fewer guns and capable of high speed
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