depth charge

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  1. 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of depth charge

  • It was too close for a torpedo, nor was there a fair chance for a depth-charge.


    Lewis R. Freeman

  • It was this way, you see, that I happened to work up to that depth-charge crescendo.


    Lewis R. Freeman

  • The enemy is a 'Fritz,' a depth-charge a 'pill,' torpedoes are 'mouldies.'


    David W. Bone

  • On investigation this was found to be merely disturbances caused by the explosion of the depth-charge.

  • The apparently simple words, heavy with sinister significance, sank like a depth-charge into Mr. Prohack's consciousness.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for depth charge

depth charge

depth bomb

  1. a bomb used to attack submarines that explodes at a pre-set depth of water
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