• WordNet 3.6
    • n armada a large fleet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Armada är*mā"dȧ or är*mä"dȧ A fleet of armed ships; a squadron. Specifically, the Spanish fleet which was sent to assail England, a. d. 1558.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n armada A fleet of war-ships; a squadron. The Spanish or Invincible Armada, which consisted of 130 large ships, was sent by Philip II. against England in 1588, during the reign of Elizabeth, but was repulsed, and afterward almost entirely destroyed by storms off the Orkney islands and on the western coast of Ireland.
    • n armada A single war-ship.
    • n armada Any armed force; an army.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Armada ärm-ā′da a fleet of armed ships, esp. the self-styled Invincible Armada sent by Philip II. against England in 1588.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. armada, L. as if armata,sc. classic, fleet), fr. armatus, p. p. of armare,. See Arm (v. t.) Army
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.—L. armata, armare, to arm.


In literature:

It seemed to her a ridiculous armada of tubs jostling in futility.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
In three long lines, roughly a mile apart, the transports formed an armada such as Philip of Spain never dreamed of.
"From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade" by Frederic C. Curry
See Hume's account of the arrival of the Armada in Volume IV, page 113, of this collection.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
Prester Kleig gave the signal to the second monster armada which had remained in reserve.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
It was to Tilbury that Queen Elizabeth went when she defied the Spanish Armada.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
But she was mistress of the seas, and had been since the destruction of the Armada.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
We refer to the remains of the old St. Paul, one of the ships of the great Spanish Armada that Philip II.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
Hopeful that the mere sight of his armada would compel surrender, Phips first sent an envoy to Frontenac under protection of the white flag.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
So was the Armada that was fitted out against England.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
They had entered a beautiful harbour where an armada might safely ride at anchor.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
Lope was a volunteer on board of the Spanish Armada.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 367, May 1846" by Various
Don Diego Zarria Lazcano took the place of Bobadilla, the former remaining at the head of the armada.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 41 of 55, 1691-1700" by Various
Spanish Armada, hangings, 253.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
It was partly built by the Carys in the year of the Spanish Armada.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
To accomplish their purpose, the Armada was fitted out.
"Guy Fawkes" by Thomas Lathbury
She married Philip King of Spain who in her sister's reign was famous for building Armadas.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
The beginning was undoubtedly the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
For the presence of any remains at all our thanks are due to that much-reviled thing the Spanish Armada.
"Hastings and Neighbourhood" by Walter Higgins
This mighty armada was partly destroyed in a great storm.
"Ancient and Modern Ships." by George C. V. Holmes
The defeat of the Armada in the Channel could only have been vaguely heard of.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine

In poetry:

He passed like any pedlar,
Yet he had wealth untold.
The galleons of th' armada
Could not contain his gold.
"Shakespeare's Kingdom" by Alfred Noyes
Watching from a bluff the tiny, clear
Sparkling armada of promises draw near.
How slow they are! And how much time they waste,
Refusing to make haste!
"Next, Please" by Philip Larkin
Then hasten the day, if thy threat be sincere,
Let the winds blow thy myriads along;
Then soon may thy boasted armada appear,
And our rocks catch thy death-breathing song.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
Thou knowest the way to tame the wildest life,
Thou knowest the way to bend the great and proud:
I think of that Armada whose puffed sails,
Greedy and large, came swallowing every cloud.
"Dreams Of The Sea" by William H Davies
How came it there? A Spanish keel
One of the Great Armada gay,
Was blasted in Our Lady's Bay;
One of the Fleet the floods conceal,
Though o'er the waves was wont to peal
The thunder of their pride.
"The Armada Gun" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
When Philip of Spain fitted out his Armada,
Britain saw his designs, and could meet her invader;
But how to greet Bonny she never will know,
If he comes in the style of a fish or a crow.
Derry down.
"The Wonderful Juggler" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

A small group of Marines trudged onto the beach sands in pitch-black night with an armada of US Navy warships sailing just off the shore.
Armada, KeyCentrix announce ApproveRx, KeyRx integration.
Armada Health Care has integrated its ApproveRx prior authorization system with a pharmacy software system made by KeyCentrix, the companies said.
Armada and KeyCentrix announced the integration of ApproveRx with RxKey.
Based on the classic Hasbro naval combat game, Battleship is the story of an international fleet of ships who come across an alien armada whilst on a Naval war games exercise.
The sea has given up its secrets -- from a wreck believed to be part of the Spanish Armada to the famous Lusitania.
Movie Rights to Ernie Cline 's 'Armada' Sold.
The fleets of flotillas , ferries, yachts, sailboats, canoes and catamarans and that have set sail for Gaza in recent years rival the size of the Spanish Armada.
Movie Rights to Ernie Cline's 'Armada' Sold.
In 1588, England crushed the Spanish Armada.
7 Secret Ways America's Stealth Armada Stays Off the Radar.
Michigan State University Hometown: Armada, MI.
A new year has descended and so has the annual armada of new cars, trucks and vans.
Sólo que esta vez viene armada con un sistema de monitoreo electrónico para ayudar a todos los desafortunados dueños a aprovechar cada espacio valiosos de la casa y transformar su calidad de vida en el proceso.
2011 Nissan Armada Photo Gallery.

In science:

Obs., Royal Greenwich Obs., Real Inst. y Obs. de la Armada en San Fernando.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
Obs., Royal Greenwich Obs., Real Inst. y Obs. de la Armada en San Fernando.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years