Definition of destroyer in English:

destroyer

Line breaks: des|troy¦er
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrɔɪə
 
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noun

1A small, fast warship, especially one equipped for a defensive role against submarines and aircraft.
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  • The fleet includes a submarine, a destroyer and an aircraft carrier.
  • These ships were to be supported by six torpedo-boat destroyers, two submarines and support ships.
  • At sea, he served in a battleship, an aircraft carrier, in cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and a minesweeper.
2A person or thing that destroys something: CFCs are the chief destroyers of the ozone layer
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  • Gunns is also a destroyer of native forests on other private land, by means of joint ventures or other commercial arrangements with owners of native forests.
  • Shiva is the destroyer of the world, following Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver, after which Brahma again creates the world and so on.
  • The long duration of their wars, and their inflexible adherence to their purpose, are to be ranked among the foremost destroyers of the human species.

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