• WordNet 3.6
    • n corvette a highly maneuverable escort warship; smaller than a destroyer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular Hot Wheels vehicle sold is the Corvette
    • n Corvette (Naut) A war vessel, ranking next below a frigate, and having usually only one tier of guns; -- called in the United States navy a sloop of war.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. in 1953. That early 'Vette sold for $3,250.
    • n corvette A wooden ship of war, flush-decked, frigate-rigged, and having only One tier of guns. The term was originally applied to vessels of burden, with reference to the corbita, or basket, carried at the mastheads of Egyptian grain-ships.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corvette kor-vet′ a flush-decked vessel, ship, or barque, rigged, having only one tier of guns, either on the upper or main deck.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. corvette, fr. Pg. corveta, or Sp. corbeta, fr. L. corbita, a slow-sailing ship of burden, fr, corbis, basket. Cf. Corbeil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Sp. corbeta—L. corbīta, a slow-sailing ship, from corbis, a basket.


In literature:

"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
I got a boat from the corvette, and at once pulled on board.
"My First Cruise" by W.H.G. Kingston
The corvette had handed her royals, presently she took in her topgallant sails.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The schooner, therefore, stood steadily on, till she ran close down to the corvette.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
We were by this time away to leeward, and on the point of heaving-to, the corvette being the nearest to us.
"The Two Whalers" by W.H.G. Kingston
The lieutenant of the corvette had gone to the window looking out over the ocean.
"The Heir of Kilfinnan" by W.H.G. Kingston
I also contracted with a Liverpool ship-builder (Laird) for two iron-clads and four steam corvettes for twelve million francs.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
They found the life on board the corvette very different to that of the frigate.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
His commission arrived by the corvette that came in last night.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
The same year, the United States frigate Boston captured the French national corvette Le Berceau.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous

In poetry:

One hand for tearing meat is huge as a whole province
through which a ploughman inches forward a corvette lingers
The hand wielding the sceptre has withered from distinction
has grown grey from old age like an ancient coin
"A Description Of The King" by Zbigniew Herbert

In news:

I have a NOS fuel pump for 1959-1965 Corvette with 327 F.I.
The 1964 models have always seemed like the middle child of Corvette 's mid-years – often overlooked.
Overall, Corvette 's second generation – those cars built between 1963-67 – have never wanted for publicity.
The first of Corvette 's "C-2" cars was an all-new design.
Monday afternoon, Wichita police were watching a man suspected of stealing a corvette in Derby.
Not only will the all-new seventh-generation model debut ahead of the Detroit Auto Show in January, but throughout the year the car and those who love it will be celebrating the Corvette 's 60th anniversary.
's Powertrain Engineering Center here, Tadge Juechter, the new Corvette 's chief engineer, said that when meeting with enthusiasts he would ask how many wanted a twin-turbo V-6 in the new car.
0 Dave Metivier sits among the approximately 300 Corvettes on display at Peterson Automotive Museum in this 1996 photo.
The C6 Corvette 's days are numbered.
To comply with sound regulations on its 427, Z06 and ZR1 Corvettes , the cars all have a fuse that regulates an exhaust flap during idling and low RPM cruising.
2013 Chevy Corvette 427 convertible.
Fans of the Chevrolet Corvette were treated to a view of the new engine that will power the completely redesigned 2014 model.
But GM also says it expects an EPA gas mileage rating higher than the current Corvette 's best of 26 mpg on the highway.
Chevrolet today confirmed that the displacement of the C7 Corvette 's engine remains the same as before, though power and fuel economy have both been improved.
Redesigned Corvette engine 'big step forward'.