Definition of Fire ship

1. Noun. A weapon consisting of a ship carrying explosives that is set adrift to destroy enemy ships.

Generic synonyms: Arm, Weapon, Weapon System

Definition of Fire ship

1. Noun. (historical) A wooden ship set afire and then sent floating into an enemy flotilla, with the intent to set the enemy fleet afire too. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fire Ship

fire opal
fire opals
fire out
fire pink
fire pit
fire resistant
fire retardant
fire retardants
fire salamander
fire salamanders
fire sale
fire sales
fire screen
fire screens
fire service
fire ship (current term)
fire ships
fire sign
fire signs
fire station
fire stations
fire step
fire stop
fire storm
fire thorn
fire tongs
fire tower
fire tower stairway
fire tree
fire trench

Literary usage of Fire ship

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1. A History of Greece: From Its Conquest by the Romans to the Present Time, B by George Finlay (1877)
"A second fire-ship was prepared, but a stiff breeze during the night prevented the Greeks ... The second fire-ship, prepared in the fleet by John of Parga, ..."

2. Works by Washington Irving (1857)
"... along the Hudson—Alarms of the People of New York—Benevolent Sympathy of Washington — The Phoenix Grappled by a Fire-Ship—The Ships Evacuate the Hudson. ..."

3. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1823)
"The prodigious efforts of the crew at length succeeded in disengaging the admiral's ship from the fire-ship, after which the ship of the captain bey, ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"In the case of the destruction of an enemy's vessel of forty guns or more, each person remaining on board the fire-ship till the service was performed was ..."

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