- n. a small vessel of shallow draught and with relatively heavy guns.
Phrases and idioms:
gunboat diplomacy political negotiation supported by the use or threat of military force.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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gunboat — 1793, from GUN (Cf. gun) + BOAT (Cf. boat). Gunboat diplomacy is from 1916, originally with reference to Western policies in China … Etymology dictionary
Gunboat — Gun boat , n. 1. (Nav.) A vessel of light draught, carrying one or more guns, used for operations in shallow waters. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nav.) Any small naval vessel carrying mounted guns. [PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
gunboat — ► NOUN ▪ a small ship armed with guns … English terms dictionary
gunboat — [gun′bōt΄] n. 1. a small armed ship of shallow draft 2. [pl.] Slang shoes; esp., a pair of large shoes … English World dictionary
Gunboat — A gunboat is literally a boat carrying one or more guns. The term is rather broad, and the usual connotation has changed over the years (sometimes encompassing vessels which would otherwise be considered ships). History Age of sail In the age of… … Wikipedia
gunboat — UK [ˈɡʌnˌbəʊt] / US [ˈɡʌnˌboʊt] noun [countable] Word forms gunboat : singular gunboat plural gunboats a small fast ship with large guns fixed on it … English dictionary
gunboat — noun Gunboat is used before these nouns: ↑diplomacy … Collocations dictionary
gunboat — gun|boat [ˈgʌnbəut US bout] n 1.) a small ship that carries several large guns 2.) gunboat diplomacy the practice of threatening to use force against another country to make them agree to your demands … Dictionary of contemporary English
gunboat — [[t]gʌ̱nboʊt[/t]] gunboats N COUNT A gunboat is a small ship which has several large guns fixed on it … English dictionary
gunboat — noun (C) 1 a small military ship that is used near a coast 2 gunboat diplomacy the practice of threatening to use force against another country to make them agree to your demands … Longman dictionary of contemporary English