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[tawr-pee-doh-man, -muh n] /tɔrˈpi doʊˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural torpedomen
[tawr-pee-doh-men, -muh n] /tɔrˈpi doʊˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
a petty officer or warrant officer responsible for the maintenance, use, and repair of underwater weapons and equipment.
Origin of torpedoman
1880-85, Americanism; torpedo + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The torpedoman moved along the bench and twisted his head round till his ear was against one of the voice-pipes.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • The big torpedoman stretched across his tube to close a valve, and caught the eye of the fourth participant in the recent debate.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon

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