A fast, lightly armed warship, smaller than a destroyer, often armed for antisubmarine operations.(noun)
An obsolete sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, usually armed with one tier of guns.(noun)
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Use "corvette" in a sentence
"The _Iroquois_ and her sisters, built in the fifties, were vessels of the kind to which I have applied the term corvette, then very common in all navies; cruisers only; scouts, or commerce-destroyers."
"The English did not apply the term corvette to brigs, but designated such two-masted vessels as brigs-of-war, though they are sometimes spoken of as brig-sloops."
"A corvette is so much smaller than a destroyer that I remember going aboard a destroyer a while back, after a spell in a corvette, and congratulating the Captain on the enormous size of his ship."