torpedo-boat destroyer

[ tawr-pee-doh-boht ]
/ tɔrˈpi doʊˌboʊt /
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noun

a vessel somewhat larger than the ordinary torpedo boat, designed for destroying torpedo boats or as a more powerful form of torpedo boat.

Nearby words

  1. torose,
  2. torous,
  3. torpedo,
  4. torpedo boat,
  5. torpedo tube,
  6. torpedoman,
  7. torpex,
  8. torpid,
  9. torpidly,
  10. torpor

Origin of torpedo-boat destroyer

First recorded in 1890–95

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Examples from the Web for torpedo-boat destroyer

  • It was arranged that a torpedo-boat-destroyer should follow him, and this afforded an element of safety.

    Learning to Fly|Claude Grahame-White


British Dictionary definitions for torpedo-boat destroyer

torpedo-boat destroyer

noun

(formerly) a large powerful high-speed torpedo boat designed to destroy enemy torpedo boats: a forerunner of the modern destroyer, from which the name is derived
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