torpedo boat

  1. a small, fast, highly maneuverable boat used for torpedoing enemy shipping.

Origin of torpedo boat

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10

Words Nearby torpedo boat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use torpedo boat in a sentence

  • Some ships of this description can spurt up to 25 knots—not so long ago considered a high speed even for a torpedo boat destroyer.

British Dictionary definitions for torpedo boat

torpedo boat

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

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