destroyer

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noun de·stroy·er \ di-ˈstrȯi(-ə)r , 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

  1. The pamphlet describes alcohol as a destroyer of families.

Recent Examples of destroyer from the Web

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First Known Use of destroyer

14th century


DESTROYER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of destroyer for English Language Learners

  • : a small and fast military ship that protects bigger ships

  • : something that causes the destruction of something


DESTROYER Defined for Kids

destroyer

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noun de·stroy·er \ di-ˈstrȯi-ər \

Definition of destroyer for Students

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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