minesweeper

[mahyn-swee-per]

Origin of minesweeper

First recorded in 1900–05; mine2 + sweeper
Related formsmine·sweep·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for minesweeper

Historical Examples of minesweeper

  • Minesweeper Lingfield to take off surplus steaming parties of block ships, which had 100 miles to steam.

  • It may be apropos to say here that the smaller class of minesweeper is usually blown to pieces if she touches a mine.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • A few seconds later another bomb fell close to a minesweeper and a fragment gashed the decks but did not penetrate them.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife


British Dictionary definitions for minesweeper

minesweeper

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