ship of the line
Date: 1706 a large warship; specifically a square-rigged warship having at least two gun decks and designed to be positioned for battle in a line with other such ships

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  • Ship of the line — Line Line, n. [OE. line, AS. l[=i]ne cable, hawser, prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea. See {Linen}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ship of the line — Ship Ship, n. [OE. ship, schip, AS. scip; akin to OFries. skip, OS. scip, D. schip, G. schiff, OHG. scif, Dan. skib, Sw. skeep, Icel. & Goth. skip; of unknown origin. Cf. {Equip}, {Skiff}, {Skipper}.] 1. Any large seagoing vessel. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ship of the line — A ship of the line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th century through the mid 19th century, to take part in the the naval tactic known as the line of battle, in which two columns of opposing warships would manoeuvre to bring… …   Wikipedia

  • Sans-Pareil class ship of the line — The Sans Pareil ( No such ) was a ship of the line project presented to Louis XV between 1757 and 1760. No actual ship of the French Navy bore the name, though the Royal Louis was built on the scheme. Evolution of the capital ships In the… …   Wikipedia

  • Battle of the Line — In the Babylon 5 fictional universe, the Battle of the Line was the final battle of the Earth Minbari war. The Battle of the Line was a desperate attempt by the Earth Alliance to stop a Minbari fleet from reaching weapons range of the Earth and… …   Wikipedia

  • List of ships of the line of France — This is a list of French broadside battleships of the period 1640 1861: Sections stating the ruler in power are provided as chronological references. Not quite complete yet. =Louis XIV= *Monarque 94 *? (ex Algerine, captured 1665, ex Dutch… …   Wikipedia

  • List of ships of the line of Russia — This is a list of Russian sail battleships of the period 1668 1860: The format is: Name, number of guns (rank/real amount), launch year (A = built in Arkhangelsk), fate (service = combat service, BU = broken up)Russian built battleshipsEarly… …   Wikipedia

  • Deviation of the line of the vertical — deviation de vi*a tion, n. [LL. deviatio: cf. F. d[ e]viation.] 1. The act of deviating; a wandering from the way; variation from the common way, from an established rule, etc.; departure, as from the right course or the path of duty. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • List of ships of the line of the United States Navy — This is a list of ships of the line of the United States Navy. Because of the operating expense, a number of these were never launched, but were maintained on the stocks, sometimes for decades, in case of an urgent need.* America given to France… …   Wikipedia

  • List of ships of the line of Italy — This is a list of Italian carracks, galleons and ships of the line of the period 1400 1858: Italy was formed in 1861 with the union of several states, including the Two Sicilies (with Naples), and Piedmont Sardinia, including Genoa. Later some… …   Wikipedia

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