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1torpedo

noun tor·pe·do \tr-ˈpē-(ˌ)dō\

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

plural tor·pe·does

Full Definition of TORPEDO

2
:  a weapon for destroying ships by rupturing their hulls below the waterline: as
a :  a submarine mine
b :  a thin cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile
3
:  a small firework that explodes when thrown against a hard object
4
:  a professional gunman or assassin
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

Related to TORPEDO

2torpedo

transitive verb

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

: to destroy or stop (something) completely

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

Full Definition of TORPEDO

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

First Known Use of TORPEDO

circa 1879

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