A small warship carrying guns on one deck only.(noun)
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Use "sloop of war" in a sentence
"Two days later, the British sloop of war the Vulture sailed up the Hudson River into the highlands and anchored in Haverstraw Bay, four miles south of Stony Point."
"With these orders in hand, Bingham departed Philadelphia aboard the Continental sloop of war Reprisal, armed with eighteen six-pound guns and helmed by the enterprising Captain Lambert Wickes."
"An expedition was now fitting out to explore a north-east passage, conducted by the Honourable John Constantine Phipps, since Lord Mulgrave, in his Majesty's sloop of war the Race Horse."