torpedo tube
noun Date: circa 1891 a tube from which torpedoes are fired

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Torpedo tube — (Nav.) A tube fixed below or near the water line through which a torpedo is fired, usually by a small charge of gunpowder. On torpedo vessels the tubes are on deck and usually in broadside, on larger vessels usually submerged in broadside and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • torpedo tube — n. a tube for launching torpedoes, located in surface vessels below or close to the waterline …   English World dictionary

  • Torpedo tube — A torpedo tube is a device for launching torpedoes in a horizontal direction. There are two main types of torpedo tube: *Those designed to operate below water level, as fitted to submarines and some surface ships *Deck mounted torpedo launchers… …   Wikipedia

  • torpedo tube — /tɔˈpidoʊ tjub/ (say taw peedoh tyoohb) noun 1. a tube through which a self propelled torpedo is launched, usually by the detonation of a charge of explosive. 2. a tube shaped piece of polystyrene foam, about one metre long and covered with… …   Australian English dictionary

  • torpedo tube — noun a tube near the waterline of a vessel through which a torpedo is fired • Hypernyms: ↑tube, ↑tubing …   Useful english dictionary

  • torpedo tube — a tube through which a self propelled torpedo is launched, usually by the explosion of a charge of powder. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • torpedo tube — device for launching a torpedo …   English contemporary dictionary

  • torpedo tube — noun The tube, through the hull of a submarine, though which torpedoes are launched …   Wiktionary

  • torpedo tube — noun a tube in a submarine or other ship from which torpedoes are fired by the use of compressed air or an explosive charge …   English new terms dictionary

  • torpédo — [ tɔrpedo ] n. f. • 1910; « torpille » 1820; angl. torpedo, du lat. par l esp., proprt « torpille » ♦ Vx Automobile décapotable de forme allongée (en torpille fusiforme). Torpédo grand sport. ● torpédo nom féminin (anglais torpedo, du latin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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