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frigate vs. destroyer

[ frig-it ]
  1. a fast naval vessel of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, generally having a lofty ship rig and heavily armed on one or two decks.
  2. any of various types of modern naval vessels ranging in size from a destroyer escort to a cruiser, frequently armed with guided missiles and used for aircraft carrier escort duty, shore bombardment, and miscellaneous combat functions.
[ dih-stroi-er ]
  1. a person or thing that destroys.
  2. a fast, relatively small, warship armed mainly with 5-inch (13-centimeter) guns.

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