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noun

a former sailing warship armed powerfully enough to serve in the line of battle, usually having cannons ranged along two or more decks; battleship.

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Origin of ship of the line

First recorded in 1700–10
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ship of the line

noun

nautical (formerly) a warship large enough to fight in the first line of battle
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