- a person or thing that destroys.
- a fast, relatively small, warship armed mainly with 5-inch (13-cm) guns.
Origin of destroyer
Examples from the Web for destroyer
The USS Arleigh Burke, a destroyer, and USS Philippine Sea, a cruiser, launched a total of 47 Tomahawk missiles.$70 Billion Stealth Jet Finally Flies in Its First War
September 23, 2014
He was in the forward gun turret where the destroyer hit us.JFK Letter: ‘War Is a Dirty Business’
John F. Kennedy
November 5, 2013
During a night operation in the Solomon Islands in 1943, the patrol torpedo boat he commanded was rammed by a Japanese destroyer.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
He was not a destroyer seeking to become exceptional by killing.Kofi Awoonor, the Ghanaian Poet Killed in Westgate Mall Attack
September 24, 2013
Some see all significance in the grim front of the destroyer, and some in the bitter sufferers of the Lost Cause.David's Bookclub: Battle Cry of Freedom
May 23, 2013
"He is your mother's destroyer," he said, with a sad sternness.The Lion's Skin
Intelligence had not been so sure the destroyer commander knew all about Stan.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
But that is only a part of your punishment, destroyer of happiness and afflictor of many lives.The Missionary
As a result of the attack on Dunkirk one French destroyer was sunk.
He muttered and rolled his eyes about—his chin jutted like the bow of a destroyer.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- a small fast lightly armoured but heavily armed warship
- a person or thing that destroys
Word Origin and History for destroyer
late 14c., "someone or something that destroys," agent noun from Old French destruire (see destroy). As a type of warship, 1893, originally torpedo-boat destroyer; the class name perhaps from the proper name given to one such ship in the U.S. Navy in 1882.