depth charge

noun

Definition of depth charge

  1. :  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

First Known Use of depth charge

1917


DEPTH CHARGE Defined for English Language Learners

depth charge

noun

Definition of depth charge for English Language Learners

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


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