Definition of battleship in English:



  • A heavy warship of a type built chiefly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with extensive armour protection and large-calibre guns.

    • ‘Admiral Yoshikawa pointed out that the first Kashima in the Japanese navy was a battleship built by Armstrong on the Tyne in 1906.’
    • ‘The grim battle in the twilight of the Arctic Circle was the last time men of the Royal Navy faced the enemy in a battleship.’
    • ‘If the Americans lost a capital ship (a battleship or aircraft carrier) it was simply a loss.’
    • ‘Wind has disrupted the advance of great warships like battleships and aircraft carriers.’
    • ‘He saw future naval confrontations whereby the battleships and cruisers of a fleet would protect the carriers.’
    • ‘This is a legacy of the Second World War, in which the aircraft carrier replaced the battleship as the capital ship of fleets.’
    • ‘Unlike aboard a frigate, the men aboard the Navy's battleships and cruisers felt nothing during transit.’
    • ‘The battleships and destroyers following HMS Fearless arrived on the scene at a speed of 21 knots.’
    • ‘The Navy had arrived with impressive looking warships and battleships, armed to the teeth with many a cannon and gun.’
    • ‘A few minutes earlier, USS battleship Nevada and other ships opened fire on Utah.’
    • ‘Both vessels were built in England, albeit 136 years apart, and both were designated first class battleships.’
    • ‘Thus, the U.S. Navy had carried battleships on its rosters for little more than a century.’
    • ‘Only current Italian battleships, also designed for near seas, had such limited autonomy.’
    • ‘Admiral Kondo's main force of two battleships and six heavy cruisers followed soon after.’
    • ‘Divers are expected to return to the wreck site later this year to check on the oil which still leaks from the battleship.’
    • ‘Two battleships packed with Marines lurk offshore.’
    • ‘These include the battlecruisers HMS Hood, HMS Repulse and the battleship HMS Prince of Wales.’
    • ‘The limits were not on ‘naval forces’, as Chomsky states, but on battleships and aircraft carriers.’
    • ‘Each battle group was protected by battleships and cruisers.’
    • ‘The irony is that British submarines did not really have the potential to sink battleships as their armour was simply too great.’


Late 18th century: shortening of line-of-battle ship, originally with reference to the largest wooden warships.