• WordNet 3.6
    • n trireme ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship having three tiers of oars on each side
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trireme (Class. Antiq) An ancient galley or vessel with tree banks, or tiers, of oars.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trireme A vessel with three benches, ranks, or tiers of oars on a side: a type of ancient Greek war-ship of great efficiency, copied by the Romans and other peoples. The trireme was provided with one, two, or three masts, which were unstepped when the vessel was not under sail. At first naval battles were simply contests of weight or force, and the victory fell to the trireme which had the greatest number of lighting men, or the best-disciplined, on board, nautical manœuvers being scarcely attempted. The Athenians, however, in the fifth century b. c., introduced very skilful naval tactics, and made hand-to-hand fighting by the marines subordinate to the attempt to disable the enemy's ship by ramming her amidships, or by crushing her banks of oars. The perfected trireme resembled more closely in theory and tactics the modern steam-ram than any form of ship that has intervened. It was long, narrow, and swift; the modern steam-engine was represented by the mechanical rowing of about 170 men, carefully trained, and under perfect command; and it was entirely independent of its sails, which were not hoisted unless, while cruising, the wind chanced to be favorable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trireme trī′rēm an ancient galley—esp. a war-galley—having three banks or rows of oars.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. triremis,; tri-,see Tri-) + remus, an oar, akin to E. row,. See Row to propel with an oar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. triremistri, tres, three, remus, an oar.


In literature:

Our iron water-beetles would send any of the old butterfly three-deckers to the bottom, as quickly as one of these would sink a Roman trireme.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
The trireme was a vessel of a considerable size, and was capable of accommodating two hundred and thirty persons.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
He improved its course and widened it so as to permit of two triremes sailing abreast or easily clearing each other in passing.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 8 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
It was built under the care of Archimedes, and its timbers would have made sixty triremes.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 10 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
Since we are so fond of the classic, why not have chariots for carriages, and triremes instead of gunboats and steamers?
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
The Athenian trireme was about 150 feet in length with a beam of 20 feet.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
He had a trireme constructed and tried upon the Seine.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
If only some contemporary had done the same by the trireme, what time and disputation might have been saved!
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
The name of the commander of this trireme was Paraetius.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
Across the sea rushed the trireme, with such speed as trireme never made before nor since.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris

In poetry:

across love-tousled sheets,
the triremes fading.
Ar the carved door of her temple
a fly wrings its message.
"Egypt, Tobago" by Derek Walcott
With argosies of dawn he sails,
And triremes of the dusk,
The Seas of Song, whereon the gales
Are myths that trail wild musk.
"Argonauts" by Madison Julius Cawein
The sea rolled chorus to his speech
Three-banked like Latium's' tall trireme,
With laboring oars; the grove and beach
Were Forum and the Academe.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

TriReme Receives FDA Approval for Expanded Matrix of Novel Glider PTCA Balloon Catheter.
TriReme Medical Inc (TMI) announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an expanded matrix of sizes for its unique Glider percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) balloon catheter.
TriReme Expands Size Selection for Chocolate PTA Balloons.
TriReme Medical Inc received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in June 2012 for an expanded matrix of sizes for its Chocolate percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheter.
TriReme Medical Inc Receives FDA Approval for Glider PTCA Catheter.
TriReme Medical Inc announced approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Glider PTCA Catheter, indicated for treating the stenotic portion of coronary arteries or bypass grafts to improve myocardial perfusion.

In science:

Well, perhaps they are on multiple levels like the oarspersons on a trireme.
Astrophysics in 2006