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torpedo tube

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  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • A torpedo-tube for use on model destroyers and battleships is shown in Fig. 104.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • 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.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

British Dictionary definitions for torpedo tube

torpedo tube

  1. the tube from which a torpedo is discharged from submarines or surface ships
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