Also called Invincible Armada, Spanish Armada. the fleet sent against England by Philip II of Spain in 1588. It was defeated by the English navy and later dispersed and wrecked by storms.
(lowercase) any fleet of warships.
(lowercase) a large group or force of vehicles, airplanes, etc.:
an armada of transport trucks.
Even so, the dozen U.S. warships on station were the biggest contingent in this Armada.
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An Armada of sand crabs hefting a landlocked ship on their backs.
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A spice boutique and cooking school now complete the “Maisons de Bricourt” Armada.
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Dartmouth fitted out two ships against the Armada, and was captured by both the royalists and parliamentarians in the Civil War.
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They collected an Armada the like of which was never imagined, neither before nor since.
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All along as he went he fell in with traders loaded with supplies for the use of the Armada.
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The Persians were beaten, horse and foot—the Armada had gone down.
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The Armada might have failed, he admits, against the choice troops gathered about the Queen.
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On June 11, the British Armada set out on the final stage of its journey.
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The British Armada consisted of fifty war-ships, mounting more than a thousand guns.
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a large number of ships or aircraft
the Armada, See Spanish Armada
“fleet of warships,” 1530s (erroneously, as armado), from Spanish armada “an armed force,” from Medieval Latin armata (see army). Especially of the “Invincible Armada” of Philip II of Spain (1588). Current form of the word is from 1590s.
- Armada chest
an iron or iron-bound strongbox of the 17th or 18th century.
- Armada, spanish
armada, spanish Armada, Spanish [(ahr-mah-duh)] A fleet of more than a hundred ships sent by King Philip II of Spain to conquer England in 1588. Although called the “Invincible Armada,” it was destroyed by a combination of English seamanship, Dutch reinforcements, and bad weather. Several thousand Spaniards were killed, and about half the Spanish ships […]
any of several burrowing, chiefly nocturnal mammals constituting the family Dasypodidae, ranging from the southern U.S. through South America, having strong claws and a jointed protective covering of bony plates: used in certain areas for food. Contemporary Examples How Alexander McQueen’s “armadillo boots” charmed Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness, and Barbie. Best Shoes Ever Rebecca Dana […]
the place where the final battle will be fought between the forces of good and evil (probably so called in reference to the battlefield of Megiddo. Rev. 16:16). the last and completely destructive battle: The arms race can lead to Armageddon. any great and crucial conflict. Contemporary Examples Now Schwarzenegger has reached Armageddon again—a budget […]