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[guhn-boht] /ˈgʌnˌboʊt/

a small, armed warship of light draft, used in ports where the water is shallow.
any small ship carrying mounted .
a small shallow-draft vessel carrying mounted guns and used by coastal patrols, etc

1793, from gun + boat. Gunboat diplomacy is from 1916, originally with reference to Western policies in China.



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