[ guhn-boht ]
/ ˈgʌnˌboʊt /
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a small, armed warship of light draft, used in ports where the water is shallow.
any small ship carrying mounted guns.
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How to use gunboat in a sentence
They also seized the lake gunboats, took an entire Spanish garrison prisoner, and captured a large quantity of stores.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Then he had a fleet of twenty-five vessels in all, twenty of them being gunboats, but some of them quite large.
For many nights we have had but little sleep, because the Federal gunboats have been running past the batteries.
Soon a flock of gunboats came down the harbor and saw the bad fix the Americans were in.
The gunboats now came up like a flock of hawks, and soon the Moors were clambering over the rails.
British Dictionary definitions for gunboat
/ (ˈɡʌnˌbəʊt) /
a small shallow-draft vessel carrying mounted guns and used by coastal patrols, etc
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