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torpedo (tɔːˈpiːdəʊ)
n , pl -does
1.  a cylindrical self-propelled weapon carrying explosives that is launched from aircraft, ships, or submarines and follows an underwater path to hit its target
2.  obsolete a submarine mine
3.  (US), (Canadian) a firework containing gravel and a percussion cap that explodes when dashed against a hard surface
4.  (US), (Canadian) a detonator placed on a railway line as a danger signal
5.  any of various electric rays of the genus Torpedo
vb , -does, -does, -doing, -doed
6.  to hit (a ship, etc) with one or a number of torpedoes
7.  to render ineffective; destroy or wreck: to torpedo the administration's plan
[C16: from Latin: crampfish (whose electric discharges can cause numbness), from torpēre to be inactive; see torpid]

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