sloop of war
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a sailing vessel mounting from 10 to 32 guns
- later, a small war vessel, having guns mounted on one deck only
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noun pl. sloops of warThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A small warship carrying guns on one deck only.