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[wawr-ship] /ˈwɔrˌʃɪp/
a ship built or armed for combat purposes.
Also called war vessel.
Origin of warship
First recorded in 1525-35; war1 + ship1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The object may be as small as a grain of dust or as big as a warship; to the water it is all the same.

  • But why was not the warship dropped somewhere, as the buildings have been?

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • The Dutch warship is to the northward watching the main entrance.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • I blew out the tanks and rose, for there was no sign of any warship near.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The ship on the ways still resembled a warship to six places.

    The Misplaced Battleship Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
British Dictionary definitions for warship


a vessel armed, armoured, and otherwise equipped for naval warfare
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for warship

1530s, from war (n.) + ship (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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