noun, plural tor·pe·does.
verb (used with object), tor·pe·doed, tor·pe·do·ing.
verb (used without object), tor·pe·doed, tor·pe·do·ing.
- toronto blessing,
- torpedo boat,
- torpedo tube,
- torpedo-boat destroyer,
Origin of torpedo
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for torpedo
Will sanctions already in effect continue to torpedo the Iranian economy, or will sanctions begin to crumble?P5+1 Talks Drill Down On The Future Of Iran’s Nukes|Michael Adler|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They torpedo the Affordable Care Act, and I believe we will now have single payer in this country within the next 15 years.Single Payer Is Getting a Second Life as Obamacare Frustration Peaks|David Freedlander|December 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hamas is playing an active role in trying to torpedo the peace process.All Terrorism, Both Jewish and Arab, Must Stop for Talks to Succeed|Aaron Magid|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hoping that his hi-tech marketing wiles will not go for naught, Bennett will now try to torpedo the prize ceremony.
A major flare-up in the fighting is another factor that could torpedo the talks.
The modern European ideal of a torpedo boat is a craft 152 feet long, with a beam of 15¼ feet.Last Words|Stephen Crane
He says he is having a fine time aboard the 'Paul Jones,' a torpedo boat destroyer, and he's learning a lot.An Annapolis First Classman|Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
Torpedo defense netting is fitted, and there are three masts with military tops carrying Hotchkiss revolver machine guns.
And Theophrastus, in his book on Animals which live in Holes, says that the torpedo works its way underground because of the cold.
Twenty-seven of the imprisoned crew crept out through the torpedo tubes.Aircraft and Submarines|Willis J. Abbot.
noun plural -does
verb -does, -doing or -doed (tr)
Word Origin for torpedo
1520s, "electric ray," from Latin torpedo, originally "numbness" (from the effect of being jolted by the ray's electric discharges), from torpere "be numb" (see torpor). The sense of "explosive device used to blow up enemy ships" is first recorded 1776, as a floating mine; the self-propelled version is from 1860s.
1873, from torpedo (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1895. Related: Torpedoed; torpedoing.