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destroyer

[dih-stroi-er] /dɪˈstrɔɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that destroys.
2.
a fast, relatively small, warship armed mainly with 5-inch (13-cm) guns.
Origin of destroyer
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English destroiere (compare Old French destruiere). See destroy, -er1
Related forms
self-destroyer, noun
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  • Up we rose; the wet air and spray spattered through the hatch; the destroyer swung off to retrieve the dummy.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
  • Intelligence had not been so sure the destroyer commander knew all about Stan.

  • The destroyer, in the masterful way of these craft, proceeded to take charge of the operations.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • But that is only a part of your punishment, destroyer of happiness and afflictor of many lives.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • They could move about three times as fast as a destroyer, and so quite often beat the destroyer to it.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for destroyer

destroyer

/dɪˈstrɔɪə/
noun
1.
a small fast lightly armoured but heavily armed warship
2.
a person or thing that destroys
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Word Origin and History for destroyer
n.

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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