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Definition of "fire-ship" [fire-ship]

  • A vessel freighted with combustibles and explosives and set adrift, for the purpose of burning or blowing up an enemy's ships, a bridge, or other object. (noun)

The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)

Use "fire-ship" in a sentence
  • "The men dwelling on the lower reaches of the river heard the reports of big guns and saw a fire-ship of the Dutch amongst the islands of the estuary."
  • "But England (which never is allowed to do, without hooting and execration, what every other country does with loud applause) — England must rather burn off her right hand than send a fire-ship against the ships full of fire for her houses, her cottages, and churches."
  • "The “Chancellor” under bare poles, was driven, like a gigantic fire-ship with frightful velocity across the raging ocean; her very speed as it were, making common cause with the hurricane to fan the fire that was consuming her."