destroyer

Definitions

  • MADAM, THE DRUM OF YOUR RIGHT EAR IS ALMOST ENTIRELY DESTROYED
    MADAM, THE DRUM OF YOUR RIGHT EAR IS ALMOST ENTIRELY DESTROYED
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n destroyer a small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship
    • n destroyer a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to "a destroyer of the environment","jealousy was his undoer","uprooters of gravestones"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.
    • Destroyer (Nav) a small fast warship used primarily as an escort to larger vessels and typically armed with a combination of 5-inch guns, torpedos, depth charges, and missiles; formerly identical to the Torpedo-boat destroyer.
    • Destroyer One who destroys, ruins, kills, or desolates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The purpose of tonsils is to destroy foreign substances that are swallowed or breathed in
    • n destroyer One who or that which destroys; one who or that which kills, ruins, or makes desolate.
    • n destroyer Specifically, a torpedo-boat destroyer. See torpedo-boat.
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Quotations

  • Iris Murdoch
    Iris%20Murdoch
    “The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or ever murderous obsession.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Fear not what is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed.”
  • George Moore
    George%20Moore
    “Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.”
  • John Bunyan
    John%20Bunyan
    “One leak will sink a ship: and one sin will destroy a sinner.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. destruior,

Usage

In literature:

I am going to destroy them from the earth.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
Whenever they saw a destroyer turn and shoot, they would turn and shoot after the destroyer.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
Thus the last hope of preserving the unity of the National Democracy was destroyed, and by one who was its earnest advocate.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
With ordinary missiles three ships could always destroy two, and four could destroy three.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Nevertheless they destroyed one of the piers of the bridge over the Lys at Menin.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
No sooner had he resolved to destroy the will than he was unable to destroy it.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
His morbid faith would destroy her.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
It was formerly universally supposed that by the collision of unelastic bodies force was destroyed.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Destroy one and you destroy the other.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Destroyed by the bees.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
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In poetry:

A secret curse destroys his root,
And dries his moisture up;
He lives awhile, but bears no fruit,
Then dies without a hope.
"Trust Of The Wicked, And The Righteous Compared" by John Newton
Then rise, ye raging tempests! rise,
And fortune's gifts destroy;
Thy Henry gains the noblest prize,
He feels the purest joy.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
Forbear, alas! thus to destroy
Thyself, thy growing power,
For that which would be stretch'd by joy
Despair will soon devour.
"Songs Set To Music: 9. Set" by Matthew Prior
Let each unhallowed cause that brings
The stern destroyer cease,
Thy flaming angel fold his wings,
And seraphs whisper Peace!
"Parting Hymn" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
He who binds to himself a joy
Dot the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity's sunrise.
"Several Questions Answered" by William Blake
O you who live for liberty,
Can you believe that it can be,
That we of freedom's faith destroy
In dungeons, innocence and joy?
"Captivity" by Robert W Service

In news:

A reckless free-trade policy is destroying America's jobs machine.
Community has decisions to make after unfinished temple is destroyed.
Between 20 and 30 cars were destroyed in the faculty parking lot of Buckhorn High School Friday morning, when a tornado struck the campus.
Trees in and around Hampshire County are being damaged and destroyed by invasive species, according to the state Department of Agriculture.
Lavina and Jeff Pockson believed they would bring up their family in the home that has been destroyed.
An armed man destroyed a building with a bulldozer in Granby, Colorado.
Booth seats and tables stand amid the rubble of the Busy Bee Cafe in Cullman, Alabama, moments after it was destroyed by a tornado during the severe storm outbreak on April 27, 2011.
Jonestown marina destroyed by nature .
In necrotizing fasciitis, the bug attacks healthy tissue and destroys it.
A popular Kentwood playground was destroyed by fire early Thanksgiving.
SACRAMENTO, Calif — Homeless people are getting checks for property destroyed during Sacramento police raids on illegal campsites .
Homeless people are getting checks for property destroyed during Sacramento police raids on illegal campsites .
Breast cancer cells can destroy a powerful.
Breast cancer cells can destroy a powerful immune response in the body and allow the disease to spread to the patient's bones, researchers in Australia reported on Monday.
Last week my running schedule was destroyed.
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In science:

We also show that the interaction of the liquid crystal with random porous media can destroy long–range order inside the pores.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
We see that the disorder strength in the long length scale model grows as a function of the pore size for df > 2d − 4 (destroying long–range order in this case) while the aerogel density ρ ∼ ξ df −d decreases for all fractal ob jects.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
Hence, for such df , long range order is destroyed inside the pore.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
Hence, the random fractal destroys long range order in the pore for df > 2d − 4, in agreement with our Imry–Ma estimate above.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
We also showed that at certain conditions the porous media can destroy long range order inside a pore.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
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