torpedo boat

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n torpedo boat small high-speed warship designed for torpedo attacks in coastal waters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Torpedo boat a vessel adapted for carrying, launching, operating, or otherwise making use of, torpedoes against an enemy's ship., especially, a small, fast boat with tubes for launching torpedoes.
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Usage

In literature:

It thin wint up to two Spanish torpedo boats an' giv thim wan punch, an' away they wint.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
Two torpedo boats ventured from shore.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
We had them once a week, and torpedo-boat skirmishes on off days.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
On July 2, 1916, Russian torpedo boats bombarded the Courland coast east of Raggazem without result.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
The most typical feature of this boat was the fact that it carried a torpedo tube for Whitehead torpedoes.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
Was Keith refraining from firing his torpedoes because he, Bowman, was on board the enemy boat?
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
In her gentle way, she sought to dissuade me from the perilous undertaking with the torpedo boat.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
Torpedo-boats, however, did not play an important part on either side.
"Campaigning in Cuba" by George Kennan
It was said to be a "torpedo-boat destroyer," and was constructed out of the hull of an old tin boat.
"Under Padlock and Seal" by Charles Harold Avery
Small torpedo-boats, not manned but sticking to the surface, may be used in the same manner.
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
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