• Torpedo Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) An automobile with a torpedo body.
- (n.) An explosive cartridge or shell lowered or dropped into a bored oil well, and there exploded, to clear the well of obstructions or to open communication with a source of supply of oil.
- (n.) A quantity of explosives anchored in a channel, beneath the water, or set adrift in a current, and so arranged that they will be exploded when touched by a vessel, or when an electric circuit is closed by an operator on shore.
- (n.) Any one of numerous species of elasmobranch fishes belonging to Torpedo and allied genera. They are related to the rays, but have the power of giving electrical shocks. Called also crampfish, and numbfish. See Electrical fish, under Electrical.
- (n.) An engine or machine for destroying ships by blowing them up.
- (n.) A kind of small submarine boat carrying an explosive charge, and projected from a ship against another ship at a distance, or made self-propelling, and otherwise automatic in its action against a distant ship.
- (n.) A kind of firework in the form of a small ball, or pellet, which explodes when thrown upon a hard object.
- (n.) A kind of shell or cartridge buried in earth, to be exploded by electricity or by stepping on it.
- (v. t.) to destroy by, or subject to the action of, a torpedo.
- (n.) A kind of detonating cartridge or shell placed on a rail, and exploded when crushed under the locomotive wheels, -- used as an alarm signal.
• Torpedo station Definition & Synonyms
- () A headquarters for torpedo vessels and their supplies, usually having facilities for repairs and for instruction and experiments. The principal torpedo station of the United States is at Newport, R.I.
• Torpedo stern Definition & Synonyms
- () A broad stern without overhang, flattened on the bottom, used in some torpedo and fast power boats. It prevents settling in the water at high speed.