battle-cruiser definition

  • noun:
    • A type of warship equal in proportions or larger than a battleship, and of better speed, however with less armour and a lot fewer guns. Introduced ca. 1908 and forming the leading squadrons of WWI fight fleets but obsolescent by WWII, having already been changed by the "fast battleship" type.
    • In fiction, a warship of advanced capacity between cruisers and battleships

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