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PT boat

noun, U.S. Military
1.
a small, fast, lightly armed, unarmored, and highly maneuverable boat used chiefly for torpedoing enemy shipping.
Origin of PT boat
1940-1945
1940-45; p(atrol) t(orpedo)
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  • Looking through it, Parker saw a speedy craft moving inside the veil—a PT boat.

    Sinister Paradise Robert Moore Williams
  • His heart sank when he saw that even if this was a PT boat, it was not a Navy ship.

    Sinister Paradise Robert Moore Williams
  • After fitting Stan out with dry clothing, the skipper went on deck and the PT boat got under way to resume her patrol work.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Some found the small boats, pushed out in them to the PT boat.

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  • The PT boat ducked and wove in and out between the destroyers and the shore.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • He had seen many rough-riding vehicles of war, such as tanks and jeeps, but the PT boat had them all bested.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for PT boat

PT boat

noun
1.
patrol torpedo boat, the former US term for an MTB Compare MTB
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