Sloop of war
Sloop Sloop, n.[D. sloep, of uncertain origin. Cf. {Shallop}.] 1. (Naut.) A vessel having one mast and fore-and-aft rig, consisting of a boom-and-gaff mainsail, jibs, staysail, and gaff topsail. The typical sloop has a fixed bowsprit, topmast, and standing rigging, while those of a cutter are capable of being readily shifted. The sloop usually carries a centerboard, and depends for stability upon breadth of beam rather than depth of keel. The two types have rapidly approximated since 1880. One radical distinction is that a sloop may carry a centerboard. See {Cutter}, and Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) In modern usage, a sailing vessel having one mast, commonly with a Bermuda rig, with either a center-board or a keel. In the United States, a sloop may have one or two headsails, while in Western Europe and Great Britain a sloop has only one headsail. [RDH]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • sloop of war — n. Historical 1. a sailing vessel mounting from 10 to 32 guns 2. later, a small war vessel, having guns mounted on one deck only …   English World dictionary

  • sloop of war — sloop′ of war′ n. mil an armed sailing vessel, smaller than a frigate, having cannons on only one deck • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

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  • sloop of war — noun a sailing or steam warship having cannons on only one deck • Hypernyms: ↑warship, ↑war vessel, ↑combat ship * * * 1. : a vessel rigged as a ship or as a brig or as a schooner and mounting from 10 to 32 guns 2. : a warship larger than a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sloop of war — Date: 1704 a small warship with guns on only one deck …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sloop of war — (formerly) a sailing or steam naval vessel having cannons on only one deck. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • sloop of war — n. small warship having guns on one deck only …   English contemporary dictionary

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