torpedo-boat destroyer


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tor·pe·do-boat destroyer

(tôr-pē′dō-bōt′)
n.
A large, heavily armed torpedo boat used in combat especially against other torpedo boats, notably in the early 1900s.

torpedo-boat destroyer

n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a large powerful high-speed torpedo boat designed to destroy enemy torpedo boats: a forerunner of the modern destroyer, from which the name is derived
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Noun1.torpedo-boat destroyer - small destroyer that was the forerunner of modern destroyerstorpedo-boat destroyer - small destroyer that was the forerunner of modern destroyers; designed to destroy torpedo boats
destroyer, guided missile destroyer - a small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship
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