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 torpedoedinvalidate, annul, veto, void, undo, abolish, restrict, quash, offset, negate, abrogate, repeal, rescind, torpedo, annihilate, expunge, exterminate, ravage, erase, eliminate
Examples from the Web for torpedoed
Contemporary Examples of torpedoed
The result was overly ambitious sequences that were torpedoed by Syfy CGI.How ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Finally Found Its Way
May 14, 2014
In March 2010 a North Korean submarine, without cause, torpedoed the Cheonan, a South Korean frigate.North Korea Threatens War, and South Korea Wants Revenge
Gordon G. Chang
April 11, 2013
Vice President Biden torpedoed the White House plan to endorse gay marriage before the Democratic convention.How President Obama, in Six Days, Decided to Come Out for Gay Marriage
May 10, 2012
Twenty-three years ago, when Hart's presidential ambitions were torpedoed by the Donna Rice affair, his wife stayed with him.The End of Male Privilege: Women Fed Up With Bad Behavior
May 23, 2011
Daschle has expended much time and effort to correct the impression that he torpedoed a public health-care option—up to a point.Has Daschle Gone Rogue?
June 28, 2009
Historical Examples of torpedoed
Then we got word by wireless that the Lusitania had been torpedoed.The Emma Gees
Herbert Wes McBride
When the destroyer dropped her first bomb he wondered if the ship was torpedoed.
The mate 'e sticks 'is 'ead in the door and says: 'We're torpedoed, sir.'
Immediately after the ship was torpedoed the radio was out of commission.
She had acknowledged our call by searchlight before we were torpedoed.
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.