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Trireme definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TRI'REME, n. [L. triremis; tres and remus.] A galley or vessel with three benches or ranks of oars on a side.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship having three tiers of oars on each side

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin triremis, from tri- + remus oar more at row Date: 1600 an ancient galley having three banks of oars

Britannica Concise

Oar-powered warship. Light, fast, and maneuverable, it was the principal naval vessel with which Persia, Phoenicia, and the Greek city-states vied for mastery of the Mediterranean from the Battle of Salamis (480 BC) through the end of the Peloponnesian War (404). The Athenian trireme was about 120 ft (37 m) long, and was rowed by 170 oarsmen seated in three tiers along each side; it could reach speeds of more than 7 knots (8 mph, or 13 kph). Square-rigged sails were used when the ship was not engaged in battle. Armed with a bronze-clad ram, it carried spearmen and bowmen to attack enemy crews. By the late 4th cent. BC, armed deck soldiers had become so important in naval warfare that it was superseded by heavier ships. See also galley.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an ancient Greek warship, with three files of oarsmen on each side. Etymology: F trirème or L triremis (as TRI-, remus oar)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Trireme Tri"reme, n. [L. triremis; tri- (see Tri-) + remus an oar, akin to E. row. See Row to propel with an oar.] (Class. Antiq.) An ancient galley or vessel with tree banks, or tiers, of oars.



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