torpedo

[ tawr-pee-doh ]
/ tɔrˈpi doʊ /

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.

to attack, damage, or sink a ship with torpedoes.

Origin of torpedo

1510–20; < Latin torpēdō numbness, torpidity, electric ray, equivalent to torpē(re) to be stiff (see torpid1) + -dō noun suffix

Related forms

tor·pe·do·like, adjectiveun·tor·pe·doed, adjective

Regional variation note

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British Dictionary definitions for torpedo

torpedo

/ (tɔːˈpiːdəʊ) /

noun plural -does

verb -does, -doing or -doed (tr)

to hit (a ship, etc) with one or a number of torpedoes
to render ineffective; destroy or wreckto torpedo the administration's plan

Derived Forms

torpedo-like, adjective

Word Origin for torpedo

C16: from Latin: crampfish (whose electric discharges can cause numbness), from torpēre to be inactive; see torpid
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