torpedo-boat destroyer

[tawr-pee-doh-boht]
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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.

Origin of torpedo-boat destroyer

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of torpedo-boat destroyer

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

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    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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