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Definition of "fire ship" []

  • A military vessel loaded with explosives and combustible material and set adrift among enemy ships or fortifications to destroy them. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fire ship" in a sentence
  • "The skeleton crew on the fire ship then jumped overboard and swam toward the waiting triremes, which had just cut their lines and pulled away."
  • "At a distance of only two or three yards the fire ship passed on down the Santa Barbara's side; an anxious group ran along her gangways keeping up with her as she did so."
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