any of a class of warships that are the most heavily armored and are equipped with the most powerful armament.
ship of the line.
Contemporary Examples

Sober and muted colors including shades of gray, one described in a local paper as ‘battleship,’ were prevalent.
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Using skewers/tooth picks, attach monkey bread, Cinnabons, and churros to battleship.
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battleship reference, endearing nickname, perfect meme picture.
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Additional film credits include The Rundown, The Kingdom, Hancock, battleship, and the upcoming Cocaine Cowboys.
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As a member of the Royal Navy, he was in charge of operating the searchlights on a battleship called the Valiant.
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Historical Examples

He called up General Birdwood, who was reported to be on the battleship Queen, then lying off the position.
Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler

It was the solemn note of a battleship destroyed by its own magazines.
The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling

It was at 2.25 that she disappeared thus suddenly, the first battleship ever sunk by gun-fire.
Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale

A view of the battleship as it will look in the water is shown in Fig. 31.
Boys’ Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates

But she was a battleship, and much slower than the cruisers.
World’s War Events, Vol. I Various

a heavily armoured warship of the largest type having many large-calibre guns
(formerly) a warship of sufficient size and armament to take her place in the line of battle; ship of the line

1794, shortened from line-of-battle ship (1705), one large enough to take part in a main attack (formerly one of 74-plus guns); from battle (n.) + ship (n.). Later in U.S. Navy in reference to a class of ships that carried guns of the largest size. The last was decommissioned in 2006. Battleship-gray as a color is attested from 1916. Fighter and bomber airplanes in World War I newspaper articles were sometimes called battleplanes, but it did not catch on.


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