torpedo

A torpedo is a type of missile or bomb fired underwater. To torpedo is to attack with torpedoes.

Torpedoes are cigar-shaped projectiles that are used to attack other submarines or boats. The word torpedo comes from the name of a kind of electric ray that numbs you with its sting (torpediniformes). Torpedoes can also be used to attack a target on land. When a submarine fires torpedoes, they're torpedoing the target. Torpedoes explode upon impact, and they're very powerful weapons.

Definitions of torpedo
  1. noun
    armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target
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    aerial torpedo
    a torpedo designed to be launched from an airplane
    bangalore torpedo
    a metal pipe filled with explosive, used to detonate land mines or to clear a path through barbed wire
    homing torpedo
    a torpedo that is guided to its target (as by the sound of a ship's engines)
    submarine torpedo
    a torpedo designed to be launched from a submarine
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    armament
    weaponry used by military or naval force
  2. noun
    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
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    explosive device
    device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
    alarm, alarum, alert, warning signal
    an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
  3. noun
    a small firework that consists of a percussion cap and some gravel wrapped in paper; explodes when thrown forcefully against a hard surface
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    firework, pyrotechnic
    (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.
  4. noun
    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)
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    explosive device
    device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
  5. noun
    a professional killer who uses a gun
    synonyms: gun, gun for hire, gunman, gunslinger, hired gun, hit man, hitman, shooter, triggerman
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    liquidator, manslayer, murderer
    a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)
  6. verb
    attack or hit with torpedoes
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    assail, attack
    launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
  7. noun
    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
    synonyms: Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, wedge, zep
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    sandwich
    two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
  8. noun
    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
    synonyms: crampfish, electric ray, numbfish
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    ray
    cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
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