- a naval cruiser having 6-inch (15-cm) guns as its main armament.
Compare heavy cruiser.
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Southampton, with the 2nd Light-cruiser Squadron, held on to the southward to observe.
Being informed that he still had three torpedoes, he closed with the light-cruiser previously engaged and torpedoed her.
The airship was "L 7," which had been under fire, and had received damage from our light-cruiser forces.The Story of Our Submarines
John Graham Bower
In this respect the work of the Light-cruiser Squadrons was excellent, and of great value.