line of battle

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a line formed by troops or ships prepared to deliver or receive an attack

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A line-of-battle ship could hardly keep him under then.
Upon this, they took it for granted we all belonged to them, and away they came directly upon our men, as if it had been in a line-of-battle.
21) in 1805 he led the most important naval victory in British history when the 27 line-of-battle ships under his command defeated a combined French and Spanish fleet of 33 "flat-bottomed'' ships under the command of French Admiral Pierre Villeneuve at the Battle of Trafalgar.