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PT boat Line breaks: PT boat
Pronunciation: /piːˈtiːbəʊt/

Definition of PT boat in English:


A motor torpedo boat used by the military.
Example sentences
  • Though the PT boat's trio of 1500 horsepower Higgins engines were well past their prime, the Legless Lilly managed a respectable cruising speed of twenty knots.
  • For the wooden PT boat, with its relatively large and unprotected fuel tanks, the result was predictable.
  • Serving in small plywood craft much like the more famous American PT boats, the Coastal Forces wreaked havoc with Axis forces in British and foreign waters.


1940s: from P(atrol) T(orpedo) boat..

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