- an explosive device that is used against submarines and other underwater targets, and is usually set to detonate at a predetermined depth.
Origin of depth charge
First recorded in 1915–20
Also called depth bomb.
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Examples from the Web for depth charge
It was too close for a torpedo, nor was there a fair chance for a depth-charge.
It was this way, you see, that I happened to work up to that depth-charge crescendo.
The enemy is a 'Fritz,' a depth-charge a 'pill,' torpedoes are 'mouldies.'Merchantmen-at-Arms
David W. Bone
On investigation this was found to be merely disturbances caused by the explosion of the depth-charge.The Heroic Record of the British Navy
The apparently simple words, heavy with sinister significance, sank like a depth-charge into Mr. Prohack's consciousness.Mr. Prohack
E. Arnold Bennett
- a bomb used to attack submarines that explodes at a pre-set depth of water
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