- a specially equipped ship used for dragging a body of water in order to remove or destroy enemy mines.
Origin of minesweeper
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Examples from the Web for mine-sweeper
We were spotted by a mine-sweeper, and she raced to the rescue.Some Naval Yarns
Every mine-sweeper carried a radio outfit for sending messages.
Right in the course that they had been going the mine-sweeper now blocked the way.
It was midnight when a British mine-sweeper bore down and hailed.
Off went the mine-sweeper after she had taken her boat aboard, tugging heartily.
- a naval vessel equipped to detect and clear mines
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Word Origin and History for mine-sweeper
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