torpedo boat
noun Date: 1810 a boat designed for launching torpedoes; specifically a small very fast boat with one or more torpedo tubes

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  • Torpedo boat — Torpedo Tor*pe do, n.; pl. {Torpedoes}. [L. torpedo, inis, from torpere to be stiff, numb, or torpid. See {Torpid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of elasmobranch fishes belonging to {Torpedo} and allied genera. They… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • torpedo boat — ☆ torpedo boat n. a small, fast, maneuverable warship with torpedoes as its main weaponry …   English World dictionary

  • Torpedo boat — A torpedo boat is a relatively small and fast naval ship designed to carry torpedoes into battle. The first designs rammed enemy ships with explosive spar torpedoes, and later designs launched self propelled Whitehead torpedoes. They were created …   Wikipedia

  • torpedo boat — noun small high speed warship designed for torpedo attacks in coastal waters • Hypernyms: ↑warship, ↑war vessel, ↑combat ship • Hyponyms: ↑PT boat, ↑mosquito boat, ↑mosquito craft, ↑motor torpedo boat …   Useful english dictionary

  • torpedo boat — torpe′do boat n. mil a small, fast, highly maneuverable boat used for torpedoing enemy shipping • Etymology: 1800–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • torpedo boat — /tɔˈpidoʊ ˌboʊt/ (say taw peedoh .boht) noun a warship of small size and high speed used primarily for torpedo attacks …   Australian English dictionary

  • torpedo boat — a small, fast, highly maneuverable boat used for torpedoing enemy shipping. [1800 10, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • torpedo boat — noun a small, high speed warship designed to fire torpedoes, especially in coastal waters …   Wiktionary

  • torpedo boat — battleship, ship equipped with explosive missiles, war ship …   English contemporary dictionary

  • torpedo boat — noun a small, fast, light warship armed with torpedoes …   English new terms dictionary

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