noun Navy.

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

Origin of minesweeper

First recorded in 1900–05; mine2 + sweeper
Related formsmine·sweep·ing, noun
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a naval vessel equipped to detect and clear mines
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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