Fire-ship definition

A military vessel loaded with explosives and combustible material and set adrift to destroy enemy ships or fortifications.
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(historical) A ship filled with explosive materials, set afire and floated among an enemy's ships to destroy them.
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(historical) A wooden ship set afire and then sent floating into an enemy flotilla, with the intent to set the enemy fleet afire too.
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Noun

Singular:
fire-ship
Plural:
fire-ships