Corvette meaning

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A fast, lightly armed warship, smaller than a destroyer, often armed for antisubmarine operations.
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An obsolete sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, usually armed with one tier of guns.
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A former sailing warship larger than a sloop and smaller than a frigate, usually with one tier of guns.
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A fast warship smaller than a destroyer and used chiefly for convoy duty.
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(nautical, historical) A flush-decked warship of the 17th-18th centuries having a single tier of guns; it ranked next below a frigate; -- called in the United States navy a sloop of war.
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(nautical) In a modern navy, a lightly armed and armoured blue water warship, smaller than a frigate, capable of transoceanic duty.
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A sports car, manufactured by Chevrolet from 1953 to present, an American icon.
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Origin of corvette

  • French a kind of warship probably from Middle Dutch corf basket, small ship corf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French corvette.

    From Wiktionary