- a tube through which a self-propelled torpedo is launched, usually by the explosion of a charge of powder.
Origin of torpedo tube
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for torpedo tube
A torpedo-tube for use on model destroyers and battleships is shown in Fig. 104.
The Dow torpedo-tube of the Maine has been located in the wreck.
The submarine boat carries a number of torpedoes, and has one torpedo-tube near the forward end from which to fire the torpedoes.The Story of Great Inventions
Elmer Ellsworth Burns
The air-motor is started automatically by release of a trigger as the torpedo is blown out of the torpedo-tube.Inventions of the Great War
A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
The method of attaching the torpedo-tube to the deck is clearly illustrated in Fig. 104 and no further directions need be given.
- the tube from which a torpedo is discharged from submarines or surface ships
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