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noun 
  1. A single-masted sailboat with only one jib.
I stayed in this island for a few days; I believe it could not be above a fortnight; when I and some few more slaves, that were not saleable amongst the rest, from very much fretting, were shipped off in a for North America. - "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano", by Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa
  1. A sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, with its guns all on one deck.
Etymology: Dutch sloep, from Middle Dutch slÅpen (to glide).


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