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Frigate Apurímac (Peru, 1855)


From French frégate.



frigate (plural frigates)

  1. (nautical) Any of several types of warship:
    1. (historical) A sailing warship (of any size) built for speed and maneuverability; typically without raised upperworks, having a flush forecastle and tumblehome sides. [late 15th–mid-18th c.]
    2. (historical) A sailing warship with a single continuous gun deck, typically used for patrolling and blockading duties, but not considered large enough for the line of battle. [mid-18th–mid-19th c.]
    3. (historical) A warship combining sail and steam propulsion, typically of ironclad timber construction, supplementing and superseding sailing ships of the line at the beginning of the development of the ironclad battleship. [mid 19th–late 19th c.]
    4. (historical) A escort warship, smaller than a destroyer, introduced in World War 2 as an anti-submarine vessel. [mid 20th c.]
    5. A modern type of warship, equivalent in size or smaller than a destroyer, often focused on anti-submarine warfare, but sometimes general purpose. [from mid-20th c.]
  2. (fictional) A warship or space warship, inspired by one of the many historic varieties of frigate.
      • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, OCLC 246633669, PC, scene: Starships: Frigates Codex entry:
        Frigates are light escort and scouting vessels. They often have extensive GARDIAN systems to provide anti-fighter screening for capital ships, and carry a squad of marines for security and groundside duty. Unlike larger vessels, frigates are able to land on planets.
  3. A frigatebird (Fregata spp.).
    • 2008, Anthony S. Cheke, Julian Pender Hume, Lost Land of the Dodo
      These frigates are all so lazy, that they perch by day on the trees, at the edge of the sea, awaiting the other birds []

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