PT boat


ˌpē-ˈtē- How to pronounce PT boat (audio)
: a small fast patrol craft usually armed with torpedoes, machine guns, and depth charges

called also PT

Examples of PT boat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kennedy’s brother John led a PT boat in the South Pacific and his brother Joseph Jr. piloted a plane in Europe, where he was killed in action. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2023 His character, Seaman Joseph Haines, one of a crew of misfits aboard a World War II PT boat, was known as Happy. Mike Flaherty, New York Times, 29 May 2021

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Word History


patrol torpedo

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of PT boat was in 1941

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“PT boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

PT boat

: a high-speed motorboat usually equipped with torpedoes, machine guns, and depth charges
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