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 The stakes rise with every depth charge and meter descended. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "My Year Watching Submarine Movies," 22 Dec. 2020 Louisville football's depth chart looked as if it had been hit by a depth charge. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "COVID-19 takes toll in Louisville's loss to Virginia Tech, but Cardinals showed perseverance," 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, "What Was Life Like for Sailors During the Battle of the Atlantic?," 14 Apr. 2020 Each side took turns maneuvering, escort ships dropping depth charges and U-boats dodging under the surface. Dallas News, "How a British officer and a team of young women outsmarted Nazi Germany’s U-boats," 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, "A Nazi U-Boat Tactic Stumped Allied Forces — Until a Retired British Naval Officer Designed a Game to Reveal How It Worked," 29 Jan. 2020 The Bullhead was likely the victim of depth charges dropped by a Japanese plane. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If you didn't know Wisconsinites killed in battle, read these stories of veterans whose lives were cut short," 11 Nov. 2019 Nobody went anywhere near it because of the depth charges. J.d. Crowe |, al, "Alabama’s homeless veterans: Army vet trades his bike for a bench," 3 Aug. 2019 Still left to remove are the Evolved Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, anti-submarine depth charges, and 76-millimeter cannon shells. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Underwater Footage from Helge Ingstad—Norway’s Newest Submarine," 19 Dec. 2018

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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 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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