a military spaceship having heavy armor and powerful weapons
A vast fleet was assembled at a short distance from London, ready to dash into space…. There were in all nearly 300 huge first-class battleships…and 500 swift ships to act as cruisers, besides numerous transports filled with soldiers.
Struggle for Empire iii. 46
Aerial battleships, eight of ’em!… No wings—they act like helicopters.
Skylark of Space in Amazing Stories Sept. 553/2
That could only mean a Jovian battleship of the most powerful class, lying to in the vicinity! For the Federation boasted nothing bigger than the highly specialized start-class cruisers.
Slacker’s Paradise in Astounding Science-Fiction Apr. 87/2
He really wanted to blast us. And he had the stuff to do it with, too, with that baby battleship he was flying. It wasn’t his fault that we ducked and only got a little dose of the tail end of his rocket blast.
Danger Moon in Science Fiction Quarterly Aug. 46/1
One minute after the Terran battleship Perseus emerged into normal space, the Orion went into subspace for her long trip back.
Masters of Space in Worlds of If Jan. 105/2
Rydra stepped into the spacious cabin of the battleship Chronos.
Babel-17 (1978) 246
If this battleship is here, the Federation must be amassing along the treaty boundary. They must be!
Star Trek: Final Frontier 204
The original Orion had been a pulsed-fusion spaceship, sort of an interplanetary battleship.
Rocket into Planetary Space in Asimov’s Science Fiction Apr.–May 101
R. W. Cole, "Struggle for Empire"
Research HistorySuggested by Simon Koppel.
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