1.(Zool.) 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.
2.An engine or machine for destroying ships by blowing them up; a mine{4}.
3.A quantity of explosives anchored in a channel, beneath the water, or set adrift in a current, and so designed that they will explode when touched or approached by a vessel, or when an electric circuit is closed by an operator on shore; now called marine mine.
Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!
- Adm. David Glasgow Farragut (At the battle of Mobile Bay, 1864).
3.(Mil.) A kind of shell or cartridge buried in earth, to be exploded by electricity or by stepping on it; now called land mine.
4.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.
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.
7.An automobile with a torpedo body.
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., especially, a small, fast boat with tubes for launching torpedoes.
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.
v. t.1.to destroy by, or subject to the action of, a torpedo.
2.To destroy, cause to halt, or prevent from being accomplished; - used esp. with reference to a plan or an enterprise, halted by some action before the plan is put into execution.
Noun1.torpedo - a professional killer who uses a gun
2.Torpedotorpedo - 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
3.torpedo - an explosive device that is set off in an oil well (or a gas well) to start or to increase the flow of oil (or gas)
4.torpedo - a small firework that consists of a percussion cap and some gravel wrapped in paper; explodes when thrown forcefully against a hard surface
5.torpedo - a small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over it; the sound of the explosion warns the engineer of danger ahead
6.torpedo - armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target
7.torpedo - 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
Verb1.torpedo - attack or hit with torpedoes
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torpedo boat
Torpedo body
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Torpedo nettings
Torpedo shell
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Torpedo stern
Torpedo tube
Torpedo-boat destroyer
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