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A battleship.


battle +‎ ship; shortened from line-of-battle ship, attested 1794.


battleship (plural battleships)

  1. (military) Large capital warship displacing tens of thousands of tons, heavily armoured and armed with big guns. Battleships are now obsolescent, replaced by smaller vessels with guided missiles. Types: dreadnought, pre-dreadnought.
  2. Non-functional rocket stage, used for configuration and integration tests.
  3. A guessing game played on grid paper, see Battleship (game)

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  • battleship”, in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–.