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[dih-stroi-er] /dɪˈstrɔɪ ər/
a person or thing that destroys.
a fast, relatively small, warship armed mainly with 5-inch (13-cm) guns.
Origin of destroyer
1350-1400; Middle English destroiere (compare Old French destruiere). See destroy, -er1
Related forms
self-destroyer, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for destroyer


a small fast lightly armoured but heavily armed warship
a person or thing that destroys
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Word Origin and History for destroyer

late 14c., "someone or something that destroys," agent noun from Old French destruire (see destroy). As a type of warship, 1893, originally torpedo-boat destroyer; the class name perhaps from the proper name given to one such ship in the U.S. Navy in 1882.

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destroyer in the Bible

(Ex. 12:23), the agent employed in the killing of the first-born; the destroying angel or messenger of God. (Comp. 2 Kings 19:35; 2 Sam. 24:15, 16; Ps. 78:49; Acts 12:23.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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