destroyer

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

The pamphlet describes alcohol as a destroyer of families.

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Images on the website detail damage to the carrier’s hull, which may have been from the guns of the destroyers Mustin and Anderson. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019 In response, a Chinese Luyang class destroyer sailed to confront the Decatur. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. and Chinese Destroyers Involved in 'Unsafe' Encounter at Sea," 2 Oct. 2018 The heart of today’s U.S. Navy’s surface ship firepower, which lives on destroyers and cruisers, is the armored missile silo. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Should the U.S. Navy Turn Merchant Ships into Floating Missile Magazines?," 10 Jan. 2019 Wargaming officials said submersibles will be added as the permanent 5th class of vessels alongside World War II-era battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 The USS Johnson is the third and final destroyer of the Zumwalt class that includes sister ships USS Zumwalt and USS Monsoor. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As the Final Zumwalt-Class Stealth Destroyer Launches, the Ships’ Fate Remains Unclear," 11 Dec. 2018 Japan has four flat-top destroyers that can carry helicopters. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan Unveils Plan for First Aircraft Carrier Since World War II," 11 Dec. 2018 The destroyer USS Higgins fired 23 Tomahawks from the North Arabian Gulf, according to McKenzie. Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg.com, "Warship Ruse and New Stealth Missiles: How the U.S. and Allies Attacked Syria," 14 Apr. 2018 That's where destroyers newly equipped with depth charges will come in, the company said. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018

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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 \

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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