1. A fast, lightly armed warship, smaller than a destroyer, often armed for antisubmarine operations.
2. An obsolete sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, usually armed with one tier of guns.
[French, a kind of warship, probably from Middle Dutch corf, basket, small ship; see CORF.]
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