destroyer

noun
de·​stroy·​er | \ di-ˈstrȯi(-ə)r How to pronounce destroyer (audio) , dē-\

Definition of destroyer

1 : one that destroys
2 : a small fast warship used especially to support larger vessels and usually armed with guns, depth charges, torpedoes, and often guided missiles

Examples of destroyer in a Sentence

The pamphlet describes alcohol as a destroyer of families.

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Two Royal Navy warships are currently in the region, the frigate HMS Montrose and the destroyer HMS Duncan. Amir Vahdat, BostonGlobe.com, "UK joins US Strait of Hormuz mission; Iran slams sanctions," 5 Aug. 2019 Ring is a destroyer that controls the midfield in front of the back four. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers vs. NYCFC: Players to watch, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 5 July 2019 Hayes will help solve that issue, allowing Williamson to thrive as a passing lane destroyer and elite defensive centerfielder. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Zion Mania in Full Effect as Pelicans Kick Off New Era," 20 June 2019 Most of the existential threats that companies face aren’t quite as tangible as a Russian destroyer bearing down. Sam Walker, WSJ, "In Menacing Seas, the Navy Relies on ‘Battle Rhythm’," 15 June 2019 The Babylonian Talmud has the destroyer of the Jerusalem Temple, Roman general Titus, burned to ashes, reconstituted, and burned again, forever. Stephen Greenblatt, The New York Review of Books, "Not To Worry," 17 Jan. 2019 The Oscar IIs were 508 feet long with a beam of nearly 60 feet and displaced 19,400 tons, twice as much as a destroyer. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Russian Kursk Submarine Disaster," 28 Sep. 2018 Earlier this month, an American warship encountered a near-collision with a Russian destroyer in the Philippine Sea. Fox News, "Royal Air Force jets scramble to intercept Russian planes," 26 June 2019 On June 7, a Russian destroyer, left, sailed very close to the USS Chancellorsville in the Philippine Sea. Sam Walker, WSJ, "In Menacing Seas, the Navy Relies on ‘Battle Rhythm’," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of destroyer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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destroyer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of destroyer

: a small and fast military ship that protects bigger ships
: something that causes the destruction of something

destroyer

noun
de·​stroy·​er | \ di-ˈstrȯi-ər How to pronounce destroyer (audio) \

Kids Definition of destroyer

1 : someone or something that ruins or ends something
2 : a small fast warship armed with guns, torpedoes, and sometimes missiles

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