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depth charge

an explosive device that is used against submarines and other underwater targets, and is usually set to detonate at a predetermined depth.
Also called depth bomb.
Origin of depth charge
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was this way, you see, that I happened to work up to that depth-charge crescendo.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman
  • The enemy is a 'Fritz,' a depth-charge a 'pill,' torpedoes are 'mouldies.'

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • The apparently simple words, heavy with sinister significance, sank like a depth-charge into Mr. Prohack's consciousness.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • On investigation this was found to be merely disturbances caused by the explosion of the depth-charge.

  • The depth-charge had fouled a trailing wire from some of my ‘stage scenery sky’ and been dragged along to detonate close astern.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman
  • I crash-dived, and they must have seen me go down, as a few minutes later the boat was violently shaken by a depth-charge.

  • The shock from the depth-charge—which appears to have detonated just about right to have the maximum effect—was terrific.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman
  • At the beginning of the war the German depth-charge was a thing of contempt, and its English counterpart was nearly as useless.

    The Story of Our Submarines John Graham Bower
  • It was too close for a torpedo, nor was there a fair chance for a depth-charge.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for depth-charge

depth charge

a bomb used to attack submarines that explodes at a pre-set depth of water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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