torpedo boat

noun

Definition of torpedo boat 

: a boat designed for launching torpedoes specifically : a small very fast boat with one or more torpedo tubes

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There were a lot of ex-colonials like Allen in the Service, infuriatingly dense regarding aspects of intelligence work that did not involve torpedo boats or sword canes. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 Sherman, meanwhile, recounted John F. Kennedy’s heroism during World War II as commander of the torpedo boat PT-109. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "When the Cuban missile crisis almost became war," 17 Apr. 2018 What isn’t disputed is that the ensuing battle saw the lightly armed Pueblo engage enemy torpedo boats and fighter aircraft. Mac William Bishop, NBC News, "North Korean ex-assassin recalls 1968: ‘The year that mattered most’," 26 Jan. 2018 Just two days later, North Korean torpedo boats and submarine chasers successfully surrounded and captured the USS Pueblo, a Navy intelligence ship patrolling international waters that had few weapons with which to defend itself. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Fifty Years Ago, North Korea Captured an American Ship and Nearly Started a Nuclear War," 24 Jan. 2018 During the war, Kennedy commanded a patrol torpedo boat in the South Pacific. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Why JFK Kept a Coconut Shell in the Oval Office," 2 Aug. 2017 This particular ship was a UB-II torpedo boat, produced between 1915 and 1916, roughly 88 feet long and 20 feet wide. Smithsonian, "Intact WWI German U-Boat Found Near Belgium," 20 Sep. 2017

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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