line of battle

line of battle
line of battle
n.
troops, ships, etc. drawn up to fight

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  • Line of battle — Line Line, n. [OE. line, AS. l[=i]ne cable, hawser, prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea. See {Linen}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Line of battle — In naval warfare, the line of battle [If the fleet is in front of the flagship it is a line ahead , if behind a line astern .] is a tactic in which the ships of the fleet form a line, end to end. Its origins are traditionally ascribed to the navy …   Wikipedia

  • Line of battle ship — Line Line, n. [OE. line, AS. l[=i]ne cable, hawser, prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea. See {Linen}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • line of battle ship — Line Line, n. [OE. line, AS. l[=i]ne cable, hawser, prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea. See {Linen}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • line-of-battle-ship — lineˈ of battˈle ship noun A ship fit for the line of battle, a battleship • • • Main Entry: ↑line …   Useful english dictionary

  • line of battle — noun the formations taken up by ground or sea forces immediately before engaging in battle: the lines of battle were being drawn up …  

  • line of battle — noun a line formed by troops or ships prepared to deliver or receive an attack • Topics: ↑military, ↑armed forces, ↑armed services, ↑military machine, ↑war machine • Hypernyms: ↑line • …   Useful english dictionary

  • line of battle — Mil., Navy. a line formed by troops or ships for delivering or receiving an attack. * * * …   Universalium

  • line of battle — noun a) The position of troops drawn up in their usual order without any determined maneuver. b) The line or arrangement formed by vessels of war in an engagement …   Wiktionary

  • line-of-battle ship — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun : ship of the line * * * /luyn euhv bat l/. See ship of the line …   Useful english dictionary

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