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torpedo boat

a small, fast, highly maneuverable boat used for torpedoing enemy shipping.
Origin of torpedo boat
1800-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We both opened fire at about 8000 yards, the torpedo-boat turning towards us.

    The Story of Our Submarines John Graham Bower
  • A torpedo-boat destroyer is clearly illustrated in Figs. 28 and 29.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The launch was showing no lights, and the torpedo-boat—if such she was—was still too far away for a hail to reach her.

    Under the Chilian Flag Harry Collingwood
  • The two other torpedo-boat divisions will accompany the squadron.

  • They advance with the speed of a torpedo-boat, and in peculiar spiral windings.

  • Just then a torpedo-boat was seen to quit the side of the Russian.

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
  • While these fled, disaster fell upon the two torpedo-boat destroyers, Pluton and Furor.

  • We had them once a week, and torpedo-boat skirmishes on off days.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • The pilot gave directions for the ship's course, and the torpedo-boat steamed along on her port side like a shadow.

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
  • On the 9th she chased a torpedo-boat on the surface, but was unable to get within range.

    The Story of Our Submarines John Graham Bower
British Dictionary definitions for torpedo-boat

torpedo boat

(formerly) a small high-speed warship designed to carry out torpedo attacks in coastal waters
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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