- a medieval ship used in northern Europe especially by the Norse, having a long, narrow, open hull, a single square sail, and a large number of oars, which provided most of the propulsion.
Origin of longship
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Examples from the Web for longship
The boat wallowed, but rode the waves better than the longship.The Valor of Cappen Varra
Poul William Anderson
He is said to have left the city and to have taken up his abode on his longship.Canute the Great
Laurence Marcellus Larson
There seemed every chance that we should be upon the longship before they knew what we were about, for we had the weather gauge.
Now the longship held on her course steadily, never shifting her helm for so much as a point.
The Longship's lighthouse stood up, a grey shadow in a grey scene.Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories
Henry Seton Merriman
- a narrow open vessel with oars and a square sail, used esp by the Vikings during medieval times
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Word Origin and History for longship
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