man-of-war definition

  • noun:
    • See warship.
    • A Portuguese man-of-war.
    • An armed naval vessel, mainly one-armed with cannon and propelled by sails.
    • The Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfish-like marine cnidarian associated with household Physaliidae.
    • See Portuguese man-of-war under man-of-war also see Physalia.
    • A government vessel used by the functions of war, esp. certainly one of large size; a ship of war.
    • The Portuguese man-of-war.
    • See in Vocabulary.
    • An armed ship; a publicly acknowledged vessel fitted for engaging in struggle; a ship of war.
    • In coal-mining, one of the small pillars left to support the roof of the chambers (or sides of work, as they are called locally) in working the “tenyard coal” in Staffordshire, England.
    • one of many jägers or skuas: an incorrect usage.
    • a warship intended for combat
    • big siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentacles

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