Difference Wiki

Frigate vs. Corvette: What's the Difference?

Frigate and Corvette Definitions

Frigate

A warship that is smaller than a destroyer and used primarily for escort duty.

Corvette

A fast, lightly armed warship, smaller than a destroyer, often armed for antisubmarine operations.

Frigate

A high-speed, medium-sized sailing war vessel of the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s.

Corvette

An obsolete sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, usually armed with one tier of guns.

Frigate

(Obsolete) A fast, light vessel, such as a sailboat.
ADVERTISEMENT

Corvette

A flush-decked warship of the 17th-18th centuries having a single tier of guns; it ranked next below a frigate; – called in the United States navy a sloop of war.

Frigate

(nautical) Any of several types of warship:

Corvette

(nautical) In a modern navy, a lightly armed and armoured blue water warship, smaller than a frigate, capable of transoceanic duty.

Frigate

(historical) A sailing warship (of any size) built for speed and maneuverability; typically without raised upperworks, having a flush forecastle and tumblehome sides.

Corvette

A highly maneuverable escort warship; smaller than a destroyer
ADVERTISEMENT

Frigate

(historical) A sailing warship with a single continuous gun deck, typically used for patrolling and blockading duties, but not considered large enough for the line of battle.

Frigate

(historical) A warship combining sail and steam propulsion, typically of ironclad timber construction, supplementing and superseding sailing ships of the line at the beginning of the development of the ironclad battleship.

Frigate

(historical) A escort warship, smaller than a destroyer, introduced in World War 2 as an anti-submarine vessel.

Frigate

A modern type of warship, equivalent in size or smaller than a destroyer, often focused on anti-submarine warfare, but sometimes general purpose.

Frigate

(fictional) A warship or space warship, inspired by one of the many historic varieties of frigate.

Frigate

A frigatebird (Fregata spp.).

Frigate

Originally, a vessel of the Mediterranean propelled by sails and by oars. The French, about 1650, transferred the name to larger vessels, and by 1750 it had been appropriated for a class of war vessels intermediate between corvettes and ships of the line. Frigates, from about 1750 to 1850, had one full battery deck and, often, a spar deck with a lighter battery. They carried sometimes as many as fifty guns. After the application of steam to navigation steam frigates of largely increased size and power were built, and formed the main part of the navies of the world till about 1870, when the introduction of ironclads superseded them.

Frigate

Any small vessel on the water.

Frigate

A medium size square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries

Frigate

A United States warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser

Trending Comparisons

Popular Comparisons

New Comparisons