- a small armed ship of shallow draft
- [pl.]Slang shoes; esp., a pair of large shoes
A small armed vessel.
- A gunboat for preventive service purchased from the British government and commanded by an Englishman, with native petty officers and crew, is employed by the Liberian government.
- Since that time, a British gunboat has been stationed before the residency, and British steamers have been allowed to navigate the river.
- Besides the gunboat in the river, he has a guard of sepoys, and there is an Indian post-office in the residency.
- In response, Mr Fraser, one of the Free State delegates, remarked that a harbour requires forts, soldiers, ships and sailors to man them, or else it would be at the mercy of the first gunboat that happened to assail it.
- He was commissioned lieutenant in April 1861, and in the Civil War served on the steamsloop "Mississippi" (1861-1863) during Farragut's passage of the forts below New Orleans in April 1862, and at Port Hudson in March 1863; took part in the fighting below Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in July 1863; and in 1864-1865 served on the steam-gunboat "Agawam" with the North Atlantic blockading squadron and took part in the attacks on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865.