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sloop of war


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sloop of war a sailing or steam warship having cannons on only one deck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sloop of war formerly, a vessel of war rigged either as a ship, brig, or schooner, and mounting from ten to thirty-two guns; now, any war vessel larger than a gunboat, and carrying guns on one deck only.
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In literature:

We found two or three other frigates lying there, and several sloops-of-war and corvettes and brigs.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
But before they met the Governor at his table, a sloop-of-war arrived from the fleet with despatches from the Commander-in-Chief.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It was a sloop of war; the cut of her sails and rigging evidently English.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
At length a sloop of war arrived, and they reached England in safety.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
The lovely little sloop-of-war was merely clearing her decks for action.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
Cruising sloops of war, and even Preventive men with spy-glasses, might easily see them from the shore.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
No action of the war was so sanguinary as this short conflict between two sloops-of-war.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Little Belt, British sloop-of-war, 202.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
The eldest, James, who was in the Navy, commanded the Spitfire sloop-of-war.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
He found out afterwards, however, that his namesake was a sloop-of-war.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
She was a French sloop of war.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
She proved to be the sloop-of-war "Boxer," and had suffered severely from the broadsides of the "Enterprise.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
But for some reason it was nearly four weeks before a sloop of war was sent around from New York.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
But the breeze freshened and the sloop-of-war rapidly overhauled the scudding brigantine.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Our Andrew Doria, of 14 guns, has taken a king's sloop of war, of 12 guns, after a smart engagement.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
The story of a remarkable cruise with the Sloop of War "providence" and the Frigate "Alfred.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
They had not brought a load to side or slid their hatches clear, When they were aware of a sloop-of-war, ghost-white and very near.
"The Seven Seas" by Rudyard Kipling
The two sloops of war were very nearly matched, though the Drake technically rated at twenty guns and the Ranger at eighteen.
"Paul Jones" by Hutchins Hapgood
This boat had been sent to convey Major Andre to the British sloop-of-war Vulture, then lying at anchor off Teller's Point.
"Notes and Queries, Number 218, December 31, 1853" by Various
They knew her to be a British sloop of war.
"Jack Buntline" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Now the tide was at flood again, and the night was almost done,
When the sloop-of-war came up with her odds of two to one,
And she opened fire; but the Armstrong answered her gun for gun,
And the gay Carnation wilted in half an hour of sun.
"The Fight Of The General Armstrong" by James Jeffrey Roche