• (British) IPA: /ˌtɔː(ɹ)ˈpiː.dəʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌtɔɹˈpi.doʊ/

torpedo (plural torpedoes or torpedos)

  1. An electric ray of the genus Torpedo.
    • 1790, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men:
      The man has been changed into an artificial monster by the station in which he is born, and the consequent homage that benumbed his faculties like the torpedo's touch […] .
  2. (military) A cylindrical explosive projectile that can travel underwater and is used as a weapon.
  3. (regional) A submarine sandwich.
  4. (archaic, military) A naval mine.
  5. (obsolete, military) An explosive device buried underground and set off remotely, to destroy fortifications, troops, or cavalry; a land torpedo.
  6. (slang) A professional gunman or assassin.
  7. (rail transport, US) A small explosive device attached to the top of the rail to provide an audible warning when a train passes over it.
  8. A kind of firework in the form of a small ball, or pellet, which explodes when thrown upon a hard object.
  9. An automobile with a torpedo body.
  10. (slang, chiefly, US, usually, in the plural) a woman's shoe with a pointed toe [1910s]
  11. (slang, chiefly, US, usually, in the plural) a large breast; breast with a large nipple [from 1960s]
  12. (slang) a marijuana cigarette
    1. a thick marijuana cigarette [1940s]
    2. a cigarette containing marijuana and crack cocaine [from 1980s]
  • (sandwich) see sub
  • (rail transport) detonator (UK)
  • (an explosive underwater projectile) torp (abbreviation)
Translations Translations
  • French: torpille
  • German: Zitterrochen
  • Italian: torpedine
  • Russian: торпе́до
  • Spanish: torpedo, raya eléctrica

torpedo (torpedoes, present participle torpedoing; past and past participle torpedoed)

  1. To send a torpedo, usually from a submarine, that explodes below the waterline of the target ship.
  2. To sink a ship with one of more torpedoes.
  3. To undermine or destroy any endeavor with a stealthy, powerful attack.
Translations Translations
  • French: torpiller
  • Russian: торпеди́ровать
  • Spanish: torpedear

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