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Bireme \Bi"reme\, n. [L. biremis; bis twice + remus oar: cf. F. bir[`e]me.] An ancient galley or vessel with two banks or tiers of oars.
n. (context history nautical English) an ancient galley having two banks of oars, one above the other.
A bireme is an ancient oared warship ( galley) with two decks of oars, probably invented by the Phoenicians. Long vessels built for military purposes had relatively high speed, meticulous construction, strength, and depending on the number of rows of oars, were called uniremes, biremes, triremes, quadriremes, etc.
Bireme (2 May 1977 – January 10, 2002) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare best known for winning the classic Epsom Oaks in 1980. After winning one of her two starts in 1979, she won the Musidora Stakes on her three-year-old debut before winning the Oaks in record time. Later that summer she broke loose during a training session and sustained career-ending injuries. She was retired to stud with a record of three wins in four races and has had some influence as a broodmare.
Usage examples of "bireme".
The four of them on the height turned to survey the fair-sized host gathered by the bank of the canal, which must somehow have become wider, for at least half a dozen ships were moored in it -- a Spanish carack, a Phoenician galley, even a dim shape that seemed to be a Roman bireme.
Within a market interval of eight days, Clodius the admiral set sail at the head of a flotilla rather than a fleet, some ten well-manned and properly decked biremes which neither Rex nor Clodius thought Metellus Nepos would miss when he turned up in Tarsus.
They were undecked biremes sitting low in the water, two men to an oar, each owning a skimpy sail.
Most of them were biremes, and there were several penteconters, open galleys with decks fore and aft and propelled by fifty oars as well as sails.
Like the bireme, trireme and quadrireme, it was much longer than it was broad in the beam, and was designed for no other purpose than to conduct war on the sea.
They preferred taut, trim triremes and biremes, usually undecked, with two banks of oars in outriggers and very businesslike bronze beaks for ramming.
I command forty-three biremes and a handful of sailing merchantmen fitted with sweeps, a total force of near five thousand of the fiercest fighters in the world.
The wall had to be dismantled, of course, but that alone would not have detained him, for Lord Alexandros had left a couple of biremes and crews for his use.
We head there, out past the triremes and biremes docked for loading and unloading.
They numbered three hundred decked war galleys of three or more banks, over one hundred undecked two-banker biremes, and fifteen hundred transports stuffed with troops and marines.
Clodius the admiral set sail at the head of a flotilla rather than a fleet, some ten well-manned and properly decked biremes which neither Rex nor Clodius thought Metellus Nepos would miss when he turned up in Tarsus.
Romans had captured a bireme and a quinquereme with all their marines and oarsmen, sunk three quinqueremes, and badly damaged a score of other Alexandrian ships, which limped back to the Cibotus and left Caesar in command of the Eunostus Harbor.
The night after the abortive assault, a score of biremes crept upriver, their oars muffled.
He glanced meaningfully toward the distant island, where two war-galleys were easing into view around the curve of coast, single-masted biremes propelled by a double bank of oars.
Once again, we could do naught but watch from a distance as they righted themselves slowly and wallowed, sunk halfway to their railings, waiting for death as one of the biremes drew nigh.