depth charge

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depth charge

A charge designed for detonation at a preset depth under water, used especially against submarines. Also called depth bomb.

depth charge


depth bomb

(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a bomb used to attack submarines that explodes at a pre-set depth of water

depth′ charge`

an explosive device used underwater, esp. against submarines, and set to detonate at a predetermined depth. Also called depth′ bomb`.
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Noun1.depth charge - a bomb that explodes at a preset depth under waterdepth charge - a bomb that explodes at a preset depth under water; antisubmarine device
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
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Alerting the ship to the U-boats position, the PBY-5A aircraft dropped depth bombs as U-94 frantically began an emergency dive.
With their hovering ability, blimps were thought ideal for dropping depth bombs on targets.
Although he managed to submerge before the aircraft was overhead, the swirl and still-exposed conning tower proved sufficient targets for the pilot, who released four MK XXIX depth bombs, each with a 50-foot depth setting, from his racks.