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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sloop /ˈslup/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sloop n.
 1. Naut. A vessel having one mast and fore-and-aft rig, consisting of a boom-and-gaff mainsail, jibs, staysail, and gaff topsail. The typical sloop has a fixed bowsprit, topmast, and standing rigging, while those of a cutter are capable of being readily shifted.  The sloop usually carries a centerboard, and depends for stability upon breadth of beam rather than depth of keel.  The two types have rapidly approximated since 1880.  One radical distinction is that a sloop may carry a centerboard. See Cutter, and Illustration in Appendix.
 Sloop of war, formerly, a vessel of war rigged either as a ship, brig, or schooner, and mounting from ten to thirty-two guns; now, any war vessel larger than a gunboat, and carrying guns on one deck only.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a sailing vessel with a single mast set about one third of
          the boat's length aft of the bow