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torpedo

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noun tor·pe·do \tȯr-ˈpē-(ˌ)dō\

Simple Definition of torpedo

  • : a bomb that is shaped like a tube and that is fired underwater

Full Definition of torpedo

plural tor·pe·does

  1. 1 :  electric ray

  2. 2 :  a weapon for destroying ships by rupturing their hulls below the waterline: asa :  a submarine mineb :  a thin cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile

  3. 3 :  a small firework that explodes when thrown against a hard object

  4. 4 :  a professional gunman or assassin

  5. 5 :  submarine 2

Examples of torpedo

  1. The battleship was sunk by a torpedo fired by a submarine.

  2. <that deli's torpedoes are big enough to serve two people>



Origin of torpedo

Latin, literally, stiffness, numbness, from torpēre to be sluggish or numb — more at torpid


First Known Use: circa 1520


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torpedo

transitive verb tor·pe·do

Simple Definition of torpedo

  • : to hit or sink (a ship) with a torpedo

  • : to destroy or stop (something) completely

Full Definition of torpedo

tor·pe·doedtor·pe·do·ing \-ˈpē-də-wiŋ\

  1. 1 :  to hit or sink (a ship) with a naval torpedo :  strike or destroy by torpedo

  2. 2 :  to destroy or nullify altogether :  wreck <torpedo a plan>

Examples of torpedo

  1. The submarine torpedoed the battleship.

  2. Her injury torpedoed her goal of competing in the Olympics.



Circa 1879

First Known Use of torpedo

circa 1879


TORPEDO Defined for Kids

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torpedo

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noun tor·pe·do \tȯr-ˈpē-dō\

Definition of torpedo

plural tor·pe·does

  1. :  a long narrow self-propelled underwater weapon used for blowing up ships



History for torpedo

In 1776, David Bushnell, a supporter of the American cause in the Revolutionary War, built a wooden submarine with a detachable container of gunpowder that could be hooked to an enemy ship and set to explode after the submarine steered clear. Bushnell is believed to have dubbed the container with the Latin word torpedo, “electric ray,” that is, a fish that delivers an electric shock. Though Bushnell's submarine and explosive device never damaged a British vessel, the name torpedo was later applied to modern weapons used to attack ships.


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torpedo

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verb tor·pe·do

Definition of torpedo

tor·pe·doedtor·pe·do·ing

  1. :  to hit with or destroy by a torpedo





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