man-of-war

Definitions

  • Roman Man-of-War, from a scarce Medal
    Roman Man-of-War, from a scarce Medal
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n man-of-war large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentacles
    • n man-of-war a warship intended for combat
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English man-of-war. About 1588 English man-of-war. About 1588

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Man-of-war A government vessel employed for the purposes of war, esp. one of large size; a ship of war.
    • Man-of-war The Portuguese man-of-war.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n man-of-war An armed ship; a publicly recognized vessel fitted for engaging in battle; a ship of war.
    • n man-of-war In coal-mining, one of the small pillars left to support the roof of the chambers (or sides of work, as they are called locally) in working the “tenyard coal” in Staffordshire, England.
    • n man-of-war One of the jägers or skuas: a wrong use.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Man-of-war a war-ship:
    • ns Man-of-war (B.) a soldier
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Quotations

  • Baron William Henry Beveridge
    Baron William Henry Beveridge
    “The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.”
  • Finley Peter Dunne
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    “A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “There is peace more destructive of the manhood of living man than war is destructive of his material body.”
  • James Thomson
    James Thomson
    “Peace is the happy natural state of man; war is corruption and disgrace.”
  • Baudouin I
    Baudouin I
    “It takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only twenty seconds of war to destroy him.”
  • Arthur Koestler
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    “The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mann; Ger. mann, Dut. man, L. masmans, a male, Sans. manu, a man.

Usage

In literature:

Go along, you man-of-war man.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
The reader sees how critical we are in a man-of-war.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Quick as thought the man of war sprang aside, but the shaft had been well and quickly aimed.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
What more could be said of a man-of-war?
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
The fear of the avenger in the form of a man-of-war was constantly before their minds.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
The presence of the large slave-freight on board the man-of-war was intolerable.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
What if they should fall in with another British man-of-war?
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
But, tell me, what did the commander of the man-of-war say?
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
An iron-clad is a new man-of-war that's going to take the place of the old.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
As there is sure to be a man-of-war stationed in the Downs, we must keep clear of that anchorage.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
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In poetry:

The lamps of Rome and Greece,
The signs of war and peace,
The eagle in the storm,
Man's clay-fast form.
"Introit : II. Images" by Thomas MacDonagh
Lord, when the men come from the war,
Give each man his desire!
Give him the soft wind and the rain
And the reek of the turf fire.
"A Connaught Man (For Hugh Maguire)" by Katharine Tynan
O! after all the toils of war,
How blest the brave man lays him down!
His bier is a triumphal car—
His grave is—glory and renown!
"The Muffled Drum" by John Mayne
Let war and trade and creeds and song
Blend, ripen race on race,
The sunburnt world a man shall breed
Of all the zones and countless days.
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
Let war and trade and creeds and song
Blend, ripen race on race,
The sunburnt world a man shall breed
Of all the zones, and countless days.
"Song of Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The man who was war commander of the armies of the Republic
rides down Pennsylvania Avenue--
The man who is peace commander of the armies of the Republic
rides down Pennsylvania Avenue--
for the sake of the Boy, for the sake of the Republic.
"And So To-Day" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

In Terwilliger Bunts One, the former utility man recounts his life, from World War II to baseball to hanging out with the greatest slugger of the day, Ted Williams.
And before long she was wrapped in a big hug with Jerry Singleton, the man whose Vietnam prisoner-of-war bracelet she wore way.
Not every one of the fabled D-Type roadsters made by Jaguar, among the greatest of all post-war sports cars, battled on the narrow circuit at Le Mans.
Philadelphia man target of German Nazi war crimes probe.
Man publishes a 15-volume history of the Indian Wars.
Towson man recalls war spent in the belly of the beast.
CAMDEN — A Haddon Township man has been convicted of reckless manslaughter in the Thanksgiving weekend 2008 death of a Maryland man as they argued over the Iraq War, Camden County Prosecutor Warren W Faulk reported Tuesday.
(AP) — A man who did prison time for stealing hundreds of items from the New York State Archives has landed a job at the state's military museum, home to thousands of artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War.
From the cover of Man of War, by Charlie Schroeder.
Beware the Portuguese man-of-war .
Charlie Schroeder talks about the year he spent reenacting one battle after another, from ancient Rome to Stalingrad, in his book Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment.
Hungarian prosecutors say they have taken into custody, and charged with war crime s, a man suspected of taking part in the deportation of Jews in 1944.
Harley Garrett writes about the death of local World War II hero Virgil "Bill" Appleton and passes along an e-mail he received that makes his point about the special man the community lost.
Kim Il Sung , the North Korean leader since 1945 and the man who led the invasion of the South and beganthe Korean War, died at 2 am on Friday at the age of 82, Pyongyang Radio said today.
(AP) — Her face and lips swollen from Portuguese man o'war stings, marathon swimmer Diana Nyad tried to remain positive about all she had accomplished in two years of training for record-setting attempts at a Cuba-Florida swim .
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In science:

In fact, it was during this period near and just after the end of the war that Boris became the sweet man we have all come to know.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
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