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.

Primary Meanings of torpedo

1.
nv
armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target
attack or hit with torpedoes
2.
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
3.
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
Full Definitions of torpedo
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n armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target

Types:
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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
Type of:
armament
weaponry used by military or naval force

n 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

Type of:
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

n a small firework that consists of a percussion cap and some gravel wrapped in paper; explodes when thrown forcefully against a hard surface

Type of:
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.

n 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)

Type of:
explosive device
device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy

n a professional killer who uses a gun

Synonyms:
gun, gun for hire, gunman, gunslinger, hired gun, hit man, hitman, shooter, triggerman
Type of:
liquidator, manslayer, murderer
a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)

v attack or hit with torpedoes

Type of:
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
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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

Synonyms:
Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, wedge, zep
Type of:
sandwich
two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
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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

Synonyms:
crampfish, electric ray, numbfish
Type of:
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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