[ bat-l-ship ]
/ ˈbæt lˌʃɪp /


any of a class of warships that are the most heavily armored and are equipped with the most powerful armament.

Origin of battleship

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; battle1 + ship1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for battleship

/ (ˈbætəlˌʃɪp) /


a heavily armoured warship of the largest type having many large-calibre guns
(formerly) a warship of sufficient size and armament to take her place in the line of battle; ship of the line
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