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sloop of war

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noun
  1. (formerly) a sailing or steam naval vessel having cannons on only one deck.

Origin of sloop of war

First recorded in 1695–1705
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Historical Examples

  • The same morning, an English frigate and a sloop-of-war came in and anchored.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • As far as I can make it out, he was an officer on board a sloop-of-war.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • Footnote 164: This was a sloop-of-war, carrying twenty guns.

  • When the war came on he was serving on the sloop-of-war Cumberland.

  • One dark night she was struck amidships by a 2,000-ton British sloop-of-war.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly


British Dictionary definitions for sloop of war

sloop of war

noun
  1. (formerly) a small fast sailing warship mounting some 10 to 30 small calibre guns on one deck
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