Battle cruiser



a warship of maximum speed and firepower, but with lighter armor than a battleship.
Contemporary Examples

The British had responded by sending a battle cruiser and threatening an international boycott.
The Little Girl Who Welcomed Mossadegh to New York Michael Daly September 26, 2013

Historical Examples

The battleship has 22 knots speed, the battle cruiser 32 knots.
The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8) Various

Was it possible so slight an antagonist could engulf the battle cruiser?
The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling

He was subsequently appointed to command the battle cruiser Fleet.
Admirals of the British Navy Francis Dodd

Recently the armored cruiser has been superseded by the battle cruiser.
The Wonder Book of Knowledge Various

The great German battle cruiser Moltke, one of the finest ships of its kind afloat, was destroyed in the engagement.
America’s War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell

As it drew nearer it could be seen that it was a battle cruiser.
The Blue Grass Seminary Girls on the Water Carolyn Judson Burnett

There were two viewscreens from pickups aboard the 2500-foot battle cruiser.
Naudsonce H. Beam Piper

Several cruisers, and later a battleship and battle cruiser, mounted guard over the expedition.
The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott

Outside of the destruction of the Ltzow, the German battle cruiser squadron was badly battered.
A True Account of the Battle of Jutland, May 31, 1916 Thomas Goddard Frothingham

noun
a warship of battleship size but with lighter armour and fewer guns and capable of high speed

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