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tor·pe·do

 (tôr-pē′dō)
n. pl. tor·pe·does
1. A cigar-shaped, self-propelled underwater projectile launched from a submarine, aircraft, or ship and designed to detonate on contact with or in the vicinity of a target.
2. Any of various submarine explosive devices, especially a submarine mine.
3. A small explosive placed on a railroad track that is fired by the weight of the train to sound a warning of a hazard ahead.
4. An explosive fired in an oil or gas well to begin or increase the flow.
5. A small firework consisting of gravel wrapped in tissue paper with a percussion cap that explodes when thrown against a hard surface.
7. Slang A professional assassin or thug.
8. Chiefly New Jersey See submarine sandwich.
tr.v. tor·pe·doed, tor·pe·do·ing, tor·pe·does
1. To attack, strike, or sink with a torpedo.
2. To destroy decisively; wreck: torpedo efforts at reform.

[Latin torpēdō, numbness, electric ray, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

torpedo

(tɔːˈpiːdəʊ)
n, pl -does
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) 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. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) obsolete a submarine mine
3. US and Canadian a firework containing gravel and a percussion cap that explodes when dashed against a hard surface
4. (Railways) US and Canadian a detonator placed on a railway line as a danger signal
5. (Animals) any of various electric rays of the genus Torpedo
vb (tr) , -does, -doing or -doed
6. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) 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]
torˈpedo-ˌlike adj

tor•pe•do

(tɔrˈpi doʊ)

n., pl. -does, n.
1. a self-propelled underwater missile containing a high explosive and often a guidance system, usu. launched from a submarine or other warship against surface vessels.
2. any of various submarine explosive devices for destroying hostile ships, as a mine.
3. any of various other explosive devices, as a firework that consists of an explosive wrapped up with gravel in a piece of tissue paper and that detonates when thrown against a hard surface.
4. any electric ray, esp. Torpedo nobiliana, of the Atlantic Ocean.
5. a hero sandwich.
6. Slang. a gangster hired as a murderer.
v.t.
7. to attack, hit, damage, or destroy with or as if with torpedoes.
[1510–20; < Latin torpēdō numbness, torpidity, electric ray =torpē(re) to be stiff (compare torpid) + -dō n. suffix]

torpedo


Past participle: torpedoed
Gerund: torpedoing

Imperative
torpedo
torpedo
Present
I torpedo
you torpedo
he/she/it torpedoes
we torpedo
you torpedo
they torpedo
Preterite
I torpedoed
you torpedoed
he/she/it torpedoed
we torpedoed
you torpedoed
they torpedoed
Present Continuous
I am torpedoing
you are torpedoing
he/she/it is torpedoing
we are torpedoing
you are torpedoing
they are torpedoing
Present Perfect
I have torpedoed
you have torpedoed
he/she/it has torpedoed
we have torpedoed
you have torpedoed
they have torpedoed
Past Continuous
I was torpedoing
you were torpedoing
he/she/it was torpedoing
we were torpedoing
you were torpedoing
they were torpedoing
Past Perfect
I had torpedoed
you had torpedoed
he/she/it had torpedoed
we had torpedoed
you had torpedoed
they had torpedoed
Future
I will torpedo
you will torpedo
he/she/it will torpedo
we will torpedo
you will torpedo
they will torpedo
Future Perfect
I will have torpedoed
you will have torpedoed
he/she/it will have torpedoed
we will have torpedoed
you will have torpedoed
they will have torpedoed
Future Continuous
I will be torpedoing
you will be torpedoing
he/she/it will be torpedoing
we will be torpedoing
you will be torpedoing
they will be torpedoing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been torpedoing
you have been torpedoing
he/she/it has been torpedoing
we have been torpedoing
you have been torpedoing
they have been torpedoing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been torpedoing
you will have been torpedoing
he/she/it will have been torpedoing
we will have been torpedoing
you will have been torpedoing
they will have been torpedoing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been torpedoing
you had been torpedoing
he/she/it had been torpedoing
we had been torpedoing
you had been torpedoing
they had been torpedoing
Conditional
I would torpedo
you would torpedo
he/she/it would torpedo
we would torpedo
you would torpedo
they would torpedo
Past Conditional
I would have torpedoed
you would have torpedoed
he/she/it would have torpedoed
we would have torpedoed
you would have torpedoed
they would have torpedoed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.torpedo - a professional killer who uses a guntorpedo - a professional killer who uses a gun
liquidator, manslayer, murderer - a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)
2.torpedo - a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments)torpedo - a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
sandwich - two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
3.torpedo - an explosive device that is set off in an oil well (or a gas well) to start or to increase the flow of oil (or gas)torpedo - an explosive device that is set off in an oil well (or a gas well) to start or to increase the flow of oil (or gas)
explosive device - device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
4.torpedo - a small firework that consists of a percussion cap and some gravel wrapped in papertorpedo - a small firework that consists of a percussion cap and some gravel wrapped in paper; explodes when thrown forcefully against a hard surface
firework, pyrotechnic - (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.
5.torpedo - a small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over ittorpedo - a small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over it; the sound of the explosion warns the engineer of danger ahead
explosive device - device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
alarum, warning signal, alarm, alert - an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
6.torpedo - armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a targettorpedo - armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target
aerial torpedo - a torpedo designed to be launched from an airplane
armament - weaponry used by military or naval force
bangalore torpedo - a metal pipe filled with explosive, used to detonate land mines or to clear a path through barbed wire
homing torpedo - a torpedo that is guided to its target (as by the sound of a ship's engines)
submarine torpedo - a torpedo designed to be launched from a submarine
7.torpedo - any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric dischargestorpedo - any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric discharges
ray - cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
Verb1.torpedo - attack or hit with torpedoestorpedo - attack or hit with torpedoes  
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

torpedo

verb
To cause the complete ruin or wreckage of:
Slang: total.
Translations
طُربيد: صاروخ تَحت مائي لِنَسْف السُّفُنيُهاجِم بالطوربيد
torpédotorpédovat
torpederetorpedo
torpedoraya eléctrica
sähkörauskutorpedo
megtorpedóztorpedó
skjóta tundurskeytum aî e-utundurskeyti
torpedatorpeduoti
torpēdatorpedēt
torpédotorpédovať
torpedo
torped
torpidotorpillemek

torpedo

[tɔːˈpiːdəʊ]
A. N (torpedoes (pl)) → torpedo m
B. VT (lit, fig) → torpedear
C. CPD torpedo boat Ntorpedero m, lancha f torpedera
torpedo tube Ntubo m lanzatorpedos, lanzatorpedos m inv

torpedo

[tɔːrˈpiːdəʊ] [torpedoes] (pl)
ntorpille f
vt
[+ ship] → torpiller
[+ negotiations, plans] → torpillertorpedo boat ntorpilleur m

torpedo

n pl <-es> → Torpedo m

torpedo

[tɔːˈpiːdəʊ]
1. n (torpedoes (pl)) → siluro
2. vtsilurare

torpedo

(toːˈpiːdəu) plural torˈpedoes noun
an underwater missile fired at ships. an enemy torpedo.
verb
3rd person singular present tense torpedoes. past tense, past participle torˈpedoed – to attack, damage or destroy with torpedoes: The ship was torpedoed.
References in classic literature ?
I remembered that in America, many centuries later, when an oil well ceased to flow, they used to blast it out with a dynamite torpedo.
Perhaps," added I, "one can only approach it with a torpedo.
George passed through the ocean with the silent dignity of a torpedo.
Dwelling upon his good qualities he became seriously convinced of them; he had a mind like a torpedo, he declared, aimed at falsehood.
The very resolution to which he had wrought himself by dint of logic and honorable pride was beginning to relax under her torpedo contact.
I rose, also, and over the ship's side, I saw not two hundred yards distant the periscope of a submarine, while racing toward the liner the wake of a torpedo was distinctly visible.
I stood rigid, spellbound, watching the white wake of the torpedo.
The silence which followed the detonation of the exploding torpedo was almost equally horrifying.
He played his flashes down the Mare Island shore, blowing up five torpedo boats, the torpedo station, and the great magazine at the eastern end of the island.
Forts, mines, coast defences of all sorts, torpedo stations, magazines-- everything went up.
Some bad fellow put a torpedo, or some sort of powder thing, under the chair, and it went off in the midst of the lesson, and the poor man flew up, frightened most to pieces, and the boys ran with pails of water to put the fire out.
Right there off the Torpedo Station is where we fish, in fifty feet of water an' the tide runnin' to beat the band.