from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large, fast-sailing war-vessel; hence, a similar vessel of any kind. Also dromedary.

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  • noun historical, nautical a Byzantine bireme, similar to the chelandion, but used primarily for naval combat


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From Ancient Greek δρόμων (dromōn)


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  • As she was the kind of ship then called a "dromon" she might be best remembered as "the dauntless dromon."

    Flag and Fleet How the British Navy Won the Freedom of the Seas

  • Melville was in the house at the time, and on entering the room the dying boy embraced him and passed away with the words of the Apostle on his lips -- [Greek: didaskale, ton dromon mou teteleka] -- 'Master, I have finished my course.'

    Andrew Melville Famous Scots Series

  • Ships of War, "round" and "long"; trireme; penteconter; liburna; galley; dromon; galleas; junk; Viking craft; galleon; two and three-deckers; steam; submarine; destroyer; battle cruiser; dreadnought

    A History of Sea Power

  • The dromon was not the low galley of the later Middle Ages but a two-banked ship, probably quite as large as the Roman quinquereme, carrying a complement of about 300 men.

    A History of Sea Power

  • The dromon had two masts, lateen rigged, and between thirty and forty oars to a side.

    A History of Sea Power

  • This, indeed, they needed, for on that crowded dromon there was little chance of washing.

    The Brethren

  • Through the hot haze of a July morning a dromon, as certain merchant vessels of that time were called, might have been seen drifting before a light breeze into St. George's Bay at Beirut, on the coast of Syria.

    The Brethren

  • In due course they came to the inn again, having met no one whom they knew, except two pilgrims who had been their fellow-passengers on the dromon.

    The Brethren

  • Oh, from a man on the dromon who called here while I made ready your food, and told me a strange story that he had learned in England of a band sent by Salah-ed-din -- may his name be accursed!

    The Brethren

  • [34] [Symbol: Aleph] reads -- [Greek: all 'oudenos logon poioumai tên psychên timian emautô hôs teleiôsô ton dromon mou].

    The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels Being the Sequel to The Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels


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