Part of speech: noun

A war vessel sheathed with armor.

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Usage examples "ironclad":

  1. There was also an ironclad called the Richmond, and two or three smaller craft. - "Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863", Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle.
  2. Then, to give the yachts time to overtake them, they steamed over to a mighty ironclad that lay at anchor there; and as they came near her vast black bulk they lowered their flag, and the band played " Rule, Britannia." - "Macleod of Dare", William Black.
  3. He is a grim- visaged brute and built for battle like an ironclad. - "Seeds of Pine", Janey Canuck.