minesweeper

[ mahyn-swee-per ]
/ ˈmaɪnˌswi pər /
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noun Navy.

a specially equipped ship used for dragging a body of water in order to remove or destroy enemy mines.

Nearby words

  1. mineralogy,
  2. mineraloid,
  3. minerals,
  4. minerva,
  5. minestrone,
  6. minette,
  7. minever,
  8. mineworker,
  9. ming,
  10. ming dynasty

Origin of minesweeper

First recorded in 1900–05; mine2 + sweeper

Related formsmine·sweep·ing, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for mine-sweeper

minesweeper

/ (ˈmaɪnˌswiːpə) /

noun

a naval vessel equipped to detect and clear mines
Derived Formsminesweeping, noun

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Word Origin and History for mine-sweeper

mine-sweeper

n.

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

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