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Frigate

A frigate () is a type of warship. In different eras, ships classified as frigates have had very varied roles and capabilities.
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Sloop

A sloop is a sailboat with a single mast typically having only one headsail in front of the mast and one mainsail aft of (behind) the mast. Such an arrangement is called a fore-and-aft rig, and can be rigged as a Bermuda rig with triangular sails fore and aft, or as a gaff-rig with triangular foresail(s) and a gaff rigged mainsail.
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Frigate

A warship that is smaller than a destroyer and used primarily for escort duty.
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Sloop

A single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing boat with a short standing bowsprit or none at all and a single headsail set from the forestay.
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Frigate

A high-speed, medium-sized sailing war vessel of the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s.
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Sloop

(nautical) A single-masted sailboat with only one headsail.
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Frigate

(Obsolete) A fast, light vessel, such as a sailboat.
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Sloop

(military) A sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, with its guns all on one deck.
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Frigate

(nautical) Any of several types of warship:
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Sloop

(military) A sloop-of-war, smaller than a frigate, larger than a corvette.
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Frigate

(historical) A sailing warship (of any size) built for speed and maneuverability; typically without raised upperworks, having a flush forecastle and tumblehome sides.
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Sloop

A vessel having one mast and fore-and-aft rig, consisting of a boom-and-gaff mainsail, jibs, staysail, and gaff topsail. The typical sloop has a fixed bowsprit, topmast, and standing rigging, while those of a cutter are capable of being readily shifted. The sloop usually carries a centerboard, and depends for stability upon breadth of beam rather than depth of keel. The two types have rapidly approximated since 1880. One radical distinction is that a sloop may carry a centerboard. See Cutter, and Illustration in Appendix.
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Frigate

(historical) A sailing warship with a single continuous gun deck, typically used for patrolling and blockading duties, but not considered large enough for the line of battle.
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Sloop

In modern usage, a sailing vessel having one mast, commonly with a Bermuda rig, with either a center-board or a keel. In the United States, a sloop may have one or two headsails, while in Western Europe and Great Britain a sloop has only one headsail.
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Frigate

(historical) A warship combining sail and steam propulsion, typically of ironclad timber construction, supplementing and superseding sailing ships of the line at the beginning of the development of the ironclad battleship.
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Sloop

A sailing vessel with a single mast set about one third of the boat's length aft of the bow
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Frigate

(historical) A escort warship, smaller than a destroyer, introduced in World War 2 as an anti-submarine vessel.
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Frigate

A modern type of warship, equivalent in size or smaller than a destroyer, often focused on anti-submarine warfare, but sometimes general purpose.
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Frigate

(fictional) A warship or space warship, inspired by one of the many historic varieties of frigate.
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Frigate

A frigatebird (Fregata spp.).
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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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Frigate

Any small vessel on the water.
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Frigate

A medium size square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
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Frigate

A United States warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
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