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

Examples of depth charge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This retrospective sent a collective shivering depth charge through viewers’ psyches and showed that Neel was the painter par excellence of modern life. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Spears’ June 23 statement was the depth charge that started the irreversible sinking of the conservatorship. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2021 The stakes rise with every depth charge and meter descended. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 22 Dec. 2020 Louisville football's depth chart looked as if it had been hit by a depth charge. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 1 Nov. 2020 Allied weapons and sensors improved steadily, and the surface ships could use depth charges, explosive mortar rounds and even surface guns against the U-boats once the vital element of surprise was lost. James G. Stavridis, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2020 Each side took turns maneuvering, escort ships dropping depth charges and U-boats dodging under the surface. Dallas News, 4 Feb. 2020 Rather than splay out from the convoy at speed, dropping depth charges at random, as was current common practice, Laidlaw and Okell lined the escort ships up around the convoy. Simon Parkin, Time, 29 Jan. 2020 The Bullhead was likely the victim of depth charges dropped by a Japanese plane. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of depth charge

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Depth charge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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