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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



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