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line of battle

noun Military, Navy.
  1. a line formed by troops or ships for delivering or receiving an attack.
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Historical Examples of line of battle

  • It is supposed that they belonged to a line-of-battle —-—File: 159.

    Little Folks (November 1884)

    Various

  • There were also several other frigates and three line-of-battle ships in the harbour.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • At length a puff of smoke was seen issuing from the line-of-battle ship.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • “She is a large ship—a line-of-battle ship, I suspect,” he observed.

  • As we closed with the line-of-battle ship she opened fire on us.

    Will Weatherhelm

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for line of battle

line of battle

noun
  1. a formation adopted by a military or naval force when preparing for action
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