What does the word frigate mean?

Usage examples for frigate

  1. Here Mr. Lowrie, the second mate, came in with a report; and I remarked that he stood up hat in hand whilst making it, very much as if Captain Paul commanded a frigate. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  2. A fifty gun ship and a frigate, which escorted them, escaped. – The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX by Various
  3. The frigate that he commanded reached port a little earlier than his family expected it, and from my window I saw him, one fine evening, hurrying along the street alone, on his way home to surprise his people. – The Story of a Child by Pierre Loti