[ mer-uh-mak ]

  1. a warship (originally the Union steamer Merrimack) that the Confederates converted into an ironclad, renamed the Virginia, and used against the Monitor in 1862 in the first battle between ironclads.

Words Nearby Merrimac Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Merrimac in a sentence

  • The "Merrimac" ran into Wilmington and delivered her valuable cargo in fine order.

  • In a minute the good ship began to sink, while the Merrimac poured shot and shell into her wounded ribs.

  • The sun rose on the morning of Sunday, March 9, and an hour later the Merrimac was again under way to finish her work.

  • That was a very bad business, for there was enough left of the old Merrimac to make a great deal of trouble for the United States.

  • But there was alarm enough, for their captains knew that the Merrimac was finished and might come at any hour.