Definition of Merrimac

1. Noun. An ironclad vessel built by the Confederate forces in the hope of breaking the blockade imposed by the North.

Generic synonyms: Vessel, Watercraft

Lexicographical Neighbors of Merrimac

Merluccius bilinearis
Merovingian dynasty
Merrifield knife
Merrifield synthesis
Merrimac (current term)
Merrimack River
Merry Andrew
Merry Andrews
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Merry Widow
Merry Widows
Merry Xmas
Mersey sound

Literary usage of Merrimac

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1862)
"The Minnesota came ie aid of the Cumberland and Congress, and Merrimac got her ashore and peppered her ibly, until eleven o'clock PM he fight was renewed on ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1903)
"The Merrimac opened fire on her new antagonist, but this time the shells had no ... The Monitor made no reply; she steamed up to the Merrimac till she was ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The Minnesota had grounded where the Merrimac could not approach within a mile, and her firing was so bad that only one shot struck the frigate. ..."

4. Our First Century: Being a Popular Descriptive Portraiture of the One by Richard Miller Devens (1876)
"Sudden Appearance of the Merrimac Among the Federal Frigates.—Their Swift and Terrible ... How the Merrimac Changed Hands.—Burned and Sunk at Norfolk, Va. ..."

5. History of the United States: From Aboriginal Times to Taft's Administration by John Clark Ridpath (1911)
"Meanwhile, the Confederates had raised the United States frigate Merrimac, one of the sunken ships Battle Between the Monitor and the Merrimac at the ..."

6. Lectures on the American Civil War: Delivered Before the University of by James Ford Rhodes (1913)
"The Merrimac had with the utmost ease destroyed two wooden vessels of war, ... The battle demonstrated that the Merrimac could be held in check: she did no ..."

7. History of California by Theodore Henry Hittell (1898)
"Nobody probably was ever more surprised than the rebels on board the Merrimac when the little Monitor opened fire from its turret. It was the boldest, ..."

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