Definition of torpedo in English:
noun (plural torpedoes)
- 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.
- 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)[with object] Back to top
- 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.
- 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.
early 16th century (sense 2 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.
- Example sentences
- 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.