- a small, fast, highly maneuverable boat used for torpedoing enemy shipping.
Origin of torpedo boat
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for torpedo boat
A torpedo-boat destroyer is clearly illustrated in Figs. 28 and 29.
A battleship should be at least twice as long as a torpedo-boat destroyer.
The two other torpedo-boat divisions will accompany the squadron.The Coming Conquest of England
Just then a torpedo-boat was seen to quit the side of the Russian.In the Track of the Troops
We had them once a week, and torpedo-boat skirmishes on off days.A Padre in France
George A. Birmingham
- (formerly) a small high-speed warship designed to carry out torpedo attacks in coastal waters