depth charge


Definition of depth charge 

: an antisubmarine weapon that consists essentially of a drum filled with explosives which is dropped near a target and descends to a predetermined depth where it explodes

called also depth bomb

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The show’s inescapable power comes from the emotionalism of great music, and in the current production every bit of its depth charge sounds. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 The Poseidon can track ships and submarines across vast areas of ocean, deploying missiles, depth charges and torpedoes from a rotary launcher to sink them if necessary. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "New Zealand Buys Boeing Surveillance Jets to Counter Chinese Buildup," 9 July 2018 The Poseidon has a bomb bay for carrying anti-submarine torpedoes and depth charges, and can carry Harpoon anti-ship missiles on its wings. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Fighter Flies Within 20 Feet of U.S. Navy Jet," 2 May 2018 The destroyer dropped several depth charges over the side (the depth-charge launcher had yet to be invented). Joshua Levine, Smithsonian, "The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29," 19 Apr. 2018 From Cape Hatteras to the Coral Sea, the Bering Strait to Trinidad, the oceans swallowed hundreds of thousands who perished from shellbursts, fire, depth charges or drowning. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘World War II at Sea’ Review: A History Written in Water," 18 May 2018 On May 6, a British RAF bomber dropped depth charges and sank it, killing all reported 58 hands. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Long-Lost Nazi U-Boat Finally Found," 20 Apr. 2018 Greiner's destroyer picked up survivors of the sinking ship and dropped depth charges. Brian Albrecht,, "38 German subs sank 22 U.S. ships in Battle of the Atlantic 75 years ago," 20 Mar. 2018 That trend pushed nuclear depth charges out of the inventories of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China navies that developed them. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Putin Would Nuke," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of depth charge

1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of depth charge

: a bomb that is made to explode under water at a particular depth in order to destroy submarines

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