Definition of torpedo in English:

torpedo

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Pronunciation: /tɔːˈpiːdəʊ
 
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noun (plural torpedoes)

  • 1A cigar-shaped self-propelled underwater missile designed to be fired from a ship or submarine or dropped into the water from an aircraft and to explode on reaching a target.
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    • All aircraft dropped their bombs or torpedoes over the target, but on the return leg Beaufort A9-217 lost contact with the rest of the squadron and failed to return.
    • Two torpedo tubes are designed for firing remote-controlled torpedoes with a very high accuracy.
    • The ADF currently uses Mk46 Mod 1 Phase 11 and Mk 46 Mod 5a torpedoes from ships and aircraft.
  • 1.1US A firework that explodes on impact with a hard surface.
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    • He accentuates his taps with an occasional torpedo, little explosive pellets that detonate on contact, which were a lot of fun before life got so safe and sane.
  • 2US A railway fog signal.
  • 3 (also torpedo ray) An electric ray.
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    • Those closest to the lagoon entrance offer the best chance of finding a resting leopard shark or torpedo ray, especially early in the morning.
    • Another hot star here is a resident baby torpedo ray a mere 7 ‘long.’
    • Properties in common with electricity of the torpedo and other animals of this class are chiefly these: -

verb (torpedoes, torpedoing, torpedoed)

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  • 1Attack or sink (a ship) with a torpedo or torpedoes: the liner was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine
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    • Unfortunately, the ship was torpedoed while still in the Baltic Sea and sank.
    • As for battle, ‘I was in the water twice,’ he would sometimes say, meaning that two of the ships he'd been on had been torpedoed or bombed and sunk.
    • The ship was torpedoed at about 0530 hours on September 12.
  • 1.1Destroy or ruin (a plan or project): fighting between the militias torpedoed peace talks
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    • There are a myriad of reasons why Congress may torpedo this plan.
    • Fears over traffic congestion could torpedo plans to make a Selby transport depot the hub of a nationwide distribution network.
    • It also adds to the anger following last year's Government decision to torpedo plans for a massive marina, following a public inquiry.

Derivatives

torpedo-like

adjective
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  • The longtime Boat U.S. member of Alexandria, VA, was one of the judges who reviewed entries, from a one-person sub called Faux Fish, complete with articulating tail, to a red, six-sided torpedo-like sub called Miss FIT.
  • Its fuselage, elliptical in cross-section and torpedo-like in silhouette, refined the molded-plywood technique devised and patented ten years before.
  • As custom called for, a week later Irol's body was sealed and loaded aboard a torpedo-like missile and therewith launched toward the Flaming Moon, where other Apathonian royals and war heroes throughout the ages had been laid to rest.

Origin

early 16th century (in sense 3 of the noun): from Latin, literally 'stiffness, numbness', by extension 'electric ray' (which gives a shock causing numbness), from torpere 'be numb or sluggish'. sense 1 of the noun dates from the late 18th century and first described a timed explosive device for detonation under water.

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