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capital ship

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noun
  1. one of a class of the largest warships; a battleship, battle cruiser, or aircraft carrier.
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Origin of capital ship

First recorded in 1680–90
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British Dictionary definitions for capital ship

capital ship

noun
  1. one of the largest and most heavily armed ships in a naval fleet
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