• Heavy French frigate of 1780
    Heavy French frigate of 1780
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n frigate a United States warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
    • n frigate a medium size square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frigate Any small vessel on the water.
    • Frigate Originally, a vessel of the Mediterranean propelled by sails and by oars. The French, about 1650, transferred the name to larger vessels, and by 1750 it had been appropriated for a class of war vessels intermediate between corvettes and ships of the line. Frigates, from about 1750 to 1850, had one full battery deck and, often, a spar deck with a lighter battery. They carried sometimes as many as fifty guns. After the application of steam to navigation steam frigates of largely increased size and power were built, and formed the main part of the navies of the world till about 1870, when the introduction of ironclads superseded them.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n frigate Any small sailing vessel.
    • n frigate Among ships of war of the old style, a vessel larger than a sloop or a brig, and smaller than a ship of the line, usually carrying her guns (which varied in number from about thirty to fifty or sixty) on the main-deck and on a raised quarter-deck and forecastle, or having two decks. Such ships were often fast sailers, and were much used as cruisers in the great wars of the eighteenth and the early part of the nineteenth century. Since the introduction of iron-clad vessels the term frigate has been applied to war-ships of this kind having high speed and great fighting power.
    • n frigate Same as frigate-bird.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Frigate frig′āt in the Royal Navy, formerly a vessel in the class next to ships of the line, carrying 28 to 60 guns on the maindeck and a raised quarter-deck and forecastle—not now denoting a distinct class of vessels
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. frégate, It. fregata, prob. contracted fr. L. fabricata, something constructed or built. See Fabricate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fregate—It. fregata; ety. dub.


In literature:

The maritime war resolved itself into a series of fights between individual frigates.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The "Hope," a staunch frigate of 64 guns, built in New York, arrived in December.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
A flag was discovered to leave the frigate and row towards the town.
"The Defence of Stonington (Connecticut) Against a British Squadron, August 9th to 12th, 1814" by J. Hammond Trumbull
Suddenly, bearing up, I ran down to place myself between the prizes and the frigate.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
The Tribune is a frigate of the largest class, which I can ill spare at present.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
In Connecticut the frigate is said to be a fine ship, but she cannot get to sea this winter for want of cordage and other stores.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
The new frigate measured 850 tons, and cost, independent of guns and stores, somewhat over $75,000.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
The capture of this American frigate by the British frigate Shannon of equal force, was variously related.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
A sudden gale of wind blew away the frigates for a short time, and his vessel passed without encountering either friend or foe.
"Lafayette" by Martha Foote Crow
The first and general impression was, that the frigate had fired into us.
"Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas" by W. Hastings Macaulay

In poetry:

Out of the screening woodland
Into the open sound
The frigate crashed, then staggered
Careening, fast aground.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
That this wood from the frigate's mast
Might write me a rhyme at last,
As it used to write on the sky
The song of the sea and the blast.
"Ultima Thule: The Iron Pen" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
At every flash oak timbers crash--
A sudden glare yon frigate dyes!
Then flames up-gush, and roar, and rush,
From deck to where her pennon flies!
"Arms And The Man - The Beleaguered Town" by James Barron Hope
From Pisa's tower my straining sight
Roamed wandering leagues away,
When lo! a frigate's banner bright,
The starry blue, the red, the white,
In far Livorno's bay.
"Our Home—Our Country" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
“A frigate come to water: nuts would fall,
And nimble feet would climb the flower-flushed strand,
While northern talk would ring, and there withal
The martins would desire the cool north land.
"Sand Martins" by Jean Ingelow
Yes, soon o'er the waters the Essex shall sweep,
And bear all the thunders of war o'er the deep;
While the hands that are hard, and the hearts that are brave,
Shall give the bold frigate the top of the wave.
"A Mariner's Song" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

The moon shines over the US Navy frigate USS De Wert, docked in Toledo, Friday, August 24, 2012.
The Ticonderoga -class cruiser USS Mobile Bay leads a frigate and a destroyer.
On July 2, 1816, a French government frigate, La Méduse, carrying troops to Senegal, ran aground on the West African coast.
The guided missile frigate sails up the Maumee River leading a fleet of five ships that participated in the first Navy Week in Toledo history.
The USS De Wert has been on several missions during its 19 years of service, including a drug-interdiction campaign in 2000 during which a drug smuggler's speedboat rammed the frigate.
Host Elyse Luray discovers that vandals chopped the bust of Jackson off the frigate "USS Constitution" in the segment " Andrew Jackson 's Mouth.
Frigate skipper demonstrated 'poor leadership' during stop in Vladivostok.
The commander and top officers of a San Diego-based Navy frigate have been relieved of duty after a rowdy, booze-fueled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.
SAN DIEGO — The commander and top officers of a San Diego-based Navy frigate have been relieved of duty after a rowdy, booze-fueled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The commander and top officers of a San Diego-based Navy frigate have been relieved of duty after a rowdy, booze-fueled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.
SAN DIEGO — The commander and top officers of a San Diego-based Navy frigate have been relieved of duty after a booze-fueled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.
Halifax Shipyard expands work force for frigate modernization project.
Emergency personnel quickly responded at about 5:40 am and secured the frigate to the pier, said base spokeswoman Kristin Ching.
Blohm + Voss recently had a laying-down ceremony for the 125-class (F125) frigate took place at building dock 12 at the Hamburg shipyard.
200 years ago on August 19, 1812, the US Navy frigate USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere.