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torpedo boat

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noun
  1. a small, fast, highly maneuverable boat used for torpedoing enemy shipping.

Origin of torpedo boat

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for torpedo boat

Historical Examples

  • A torpedo-boat destroyer is clearly illustrated in Figs. 28 and 29.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • A battleship should be at least twice as long as a torpedo-boat destroyer.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • The two other torpedo-boat divisions will accompany the squadron.

  • Just then a torpedo-boat was seen to quit the side of the Russian.

  • We had them once a week, and torpedo-boat skirmishes on off days.

    A Padre in France

    George A. Birmingham


British Dictionary definitions for torpedo boat

torpedo boat

noun
  1. (formerly) a small high-speed warship designed to carry out torpedo attacks in coastal waters
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