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Meaning of TORPEDO

Pronunciation:  tor'peedow

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric discharges
  2. [n]  armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target
  3. [n]  a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
  4. [n]  a professional killer who uses a gun
  5. [v]  attack or hit with torpedoes
 

TORPEDO is a 7 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: bomber, crampfish, Cuban sandwich, electric ray, grinder, gun, gunman, gunslinger, hero, hero sandwich, hired gun, hit man, hoagie, hoagy, Italian sandwich, numbfish, poor boy, shooter, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, triggerman, wedge, zep
 
 See Also: aerial torpedo, armament, assail, attack, bangalore torpedo, family Torpedinidae, homing torpedo, liquidator, manslayer, murderer, ray, sandwich, submarine torpedo, Torpedinidae

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Tor*pe"do\, n.
    An automobile with a torpedo body. [Cant]
    
    
  2. \Tor*pe"do\, n.; pl. {Torpedoes}. [L. torpedo, -inis,
    from torpere to be stiff, numb, or torpid. See {Torpid}.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of elasmobranch
       fishes belonging to {Torpedo} and allied genera. They are
       related to the rays, but have the power of giving
       electrical shocks. Called also {crampfish}, and
       {numbfish}. See {Electrical fish}, under {Electrical}.
    
    Note: The common European torpedo ({T. vulgaris}) and the
          American species ({T. occidentalis}) are the best
          known.
    
    2. An engine or machine for destroying ships by blowing them
       up. Specifically:
       (a) A quantity of explosives anchored in a channel,
           beneath the water, or set adrift in a current, and so
           arranged that they will be exploded when touched by a
           vessel, or when an electric circuit is closed by an
           operator on shore.
       (b) A kind of small submarine boat carrying an explosive
           charge, and projected from a ship against another ship
           at a distance, or made self-propelling, and otherwise
           automatic in its action against a distant ship.
    
    3. (Mil.) A kind of shell or cartridge buried in earth, to be
       exploded by electricity or by stepping on it.
    
    4. (Railroad) A kind of detonating cartridge or shell placed
       on a rail, and exploded when crushed under the locomotive
       wheels, -- used as an alarm signal.
    
    5. An explosive cartridge or shell lowered or dropped into a
       bored oil well, and there exploded, to clear the well of
       obstructions or to open communication with a source of
       supply of oil.
    
    6. A kind of firework in the form of a small ball, or pellet,
       which explodes when thrown upon a hard object.
    
    {Fish torpedo}, a spindle-shaped, or fish-shaped,
       self-propelling submarine torpedo.
    
    {Spar torpedo}, a canister or other vessel containing an
       explosive charge, and attached to the end of a long spar
       which projects from a ship or boat and is thrust against
       an enemy's ship, exploding the torpedo.
    
    {Torpedo boat}, a vessel adapted for carrying, launching,
       operating, or otherwise making use of, torpedoes against
       an enemy's ship.
    
    
    
    {Torpedo nettings}, nettings made of chains or bars, which
       can be suspended around a vessel and allowed to sink
       beneath the surface of the water, as a protection against
       torpedoes.
    
    
  3. \Tor*pe"do\, v. t.
    to destroy by, or subject to the action of, a torpedo.
    --London Spectator.
    
    
    
    
 

 

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