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noun Navy.
  1. a specially equipped ship used for dragging a body of water in order to remove or destroy enemy mines.
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Origin of minesweeper

First recorded in 1900–05; mine2 + sweeper
Related formsmine·sweep·ing, noun
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Historical Examples

  • We were spotted by a mine-sweeper, and she raced to the rescue.

    Some Naval Yarns

    Mordaunt Hall

  • Every mine-sweeper carried a radio outfit for sending messages.

  • Right in the course that they had been going the mine-sweeper now blocked the way.

  • It was midnight when a British mine-sweeper bore down and hailed.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

  • Off went the mine-sweeper after she had taken her boat aboard, tugging heartily.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

British Dictionary definitions for mine-sweeper


  1. a naval vessel equipped to detect and clear mines
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Derived Formsminesweeping, noun
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Word Origin and History for mine-sweeper


1905, from mine (n.2) + agent noun from sweep (v.).

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