depth charge


noun

an explosive device that is used against submarines and other underwater targets, and is usually set to detonate at a predetermined depth.

Nearby words

  1. dept,
  2. dept.,
  3. deptford,
  4. deptford pink,
  5. depth,
  6. depth finder,
  7. depth gauge,
  8. depth of field,
  9. depth of focus,
  10. depth perception

Origin of depth charge

First recorded in 1915–20

Also called depth bomb.

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British Dictionary definitions for depth charge

depth charge

depth bomb

noun

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