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.
Recent Examples of destroyer from the Web
Kennedy served as a naval officer in the South Pacific, commanding the Patrol Torpedo Craft (PT) 109 following the attack on Pearl Harbor, when a Japanese destroyer struck his boat.
My puppy, Pan, is a dog bed destroyer, and has ruined several regular beds already.
After interviewing Filipino crewmembers, the coast guard has changed the collision time to 1:30 a.m. The ACX Crystal collided with the USS Fitzgerald off Japan’s coast early Saturday morning, killing seven of the destroyer’s crew of nearly 300.
The ACX Crystal collided with the USS Fitzgerald off Japan's coast, killing seven of the destroyer's crew of nearly 300.
The day before, while near its home base port in Yokosuka, Japan, the destroyer crashed into a Philippine container ship about four times its size.
Two of the sailors who were killed when a cargo ship and the Navy destroyer Fitzgerald collided on Friday were from the San Diego area.
Seven sailors had been missing following the 2:30 a.m. incident, in which a Japanese-chartered container ship named the ACX Crystal broadsided the USS Fitzgerald, caving in part of the destroyer’s starboard side.
In a period of seconds, a 29,000-ton cargo ship loaded with containers plowed into its right side, crushing a large section of the destroyer’s main structure, including the captain’s cabin and sleeping quarters for 116 sailors below the...
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First Known Use of destroyer
DESTROYER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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