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gunboat

[guhn-boht] /ˈgʌnˌboʊt/
noun
1.
a small, armed warship of light draft, used in ports where the water is shallow.
2.
any small ship carrying mounted guns.
Origin of gunboat
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; gun1 + boat
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gunboat

/ˈɡʌnˌbəʊt/
noun
1.
a small shallow-draft vessel carrying mounted guns and used by coastal patrols, etc
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Word Origin and History for gunboat

1793, from gun + boat. Gunboat diplomacy is from 1916, originally with reference to Western policies in China.

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