noun, plural tor·pe·does.
verb (used with object), tor·pe·doed, tor·pe·do·ing.
verb (used without object), tor·pe·doed, tor·pe·do·ing.
Origin of torpedo
Regional variation note
Related Words for torpedosoldier, guerrilla, weapon, missile, spacecraft, booster, firework, spaceship, sub, explosive, rocket, mine, projectile, device, assassin, sniper, bullet, dart, arrow, armament
Examples from the Web for torpedo
Contemporary Examples of torpedo
Will sanctions already in effect continue to torpedo the Iranian economy, or will sanctions begin to crumble?P5+1 Talks Drill Down On The Future Of Iran’s Nukes
February 20, 2014
They torpedo the Affordable Care Act, and I believe we will now have single payer in this country within the next 15 years.Single Payer Is Getting a Second Life as Obamacare Frustration Peaks
December 10, 2013
Hamas is playing an active role in trying to torpedo the peace process.All Terrorism, Both Jewish and Arab, Must Stop for Talks to Succeed
October 29, 2013
Hoping that his hi-tech marketing wiles will not go for naught, Bennett will now try to torpedo the prize ceremony.The Game Show of Israeli Politics
August 2, 2013
A major flare-up in the fighting is another factor that could torpedo the talks.The Taliban Peace Movement
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
June 19, 2013
Historical Examples of torpedo
This time the Majestic was taken as the target for a torpedo and she went down.
He grabbed a handful of shirt on the first torpedo and poked his face down.Arm of the Law
If he could get close enough he might be able to use his torpedo tubes.
The Arethusa had also come up and prepared (p. 256) to launch a torpedo.
With what torpedo chill have you touched the sinews of that manly arm?The Universal Reciter
noun plural -does
verb -does, -doing or -doed (tr)
Word Origin for torpedo
1520s, "electric ray," from Latin torpedo, originally "numbness" (from the effect of being jolted by the ray's electric discharges), from torpere "be numb" (see torpor). The sense of "explosive device used to blow up enemy ships" is first recorded 1776, as a floating mine; the self-propelled version is from 1860s.
1873, from torpedo (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1895. Related: Torpedoed; torpedoing.