torpedo boat


noun

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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torpedo boat


noun

(formerly) a small high-speed warship designed to carry out torpedo attacks in coastal waters
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