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depth charge

noun

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


depth charge

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of depth charge1

First recorded in 1915–20

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Example Sentences

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

At the beginning of the war the German depth-charge was a thing of contempt, and its English counterpart was nearly as useless.

Only the sharp lookout kept had saved them—that and the depth charge.

The depth-charge had fouled a trailing wire from some of my ‘stage scenery sky’ and been dragged along to detonate close astern.

The shock from the depth-charge—which appears to have detonated just about right to have the maximum effect—was terrific.

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