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corvet


corvet


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Corvet  \Cor"vet\  (k?r"v?t),  Corvette  \Cor*vette"\  (k?r-v?r"),  n. 
  [F.  corvette,  fr  Pg  corveta  or  Sp  corbeta,  fr  L.  corbita 
  a  slow-sailing  ship  of  burden,  fr  corbis  basket.  Cf 
  {Corbeil}.]  (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.