Definition of torpedo verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    torpedo

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    verb
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈpiːdəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈpiːdoʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they torpedo
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈpiːdəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈpiːdoʊ//
     
    he / she / it torpedoes
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈpiːdəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈpiːdoʊz//
     
    past simple torpedoed
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈpiːdəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈpiːdoʊd//
     
    past participle torpedoed
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈpiːdəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈpiːdoʊd//
     
    -ing form torpedoing
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈpiːdəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈpiːdoʊɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1torpedo something to attack a ship or make it sink using a torpedo The destroyer was torpedoed off the coast of Africa. See related entries: Conflict
  2. 2torpedo something to completely destroy the possibility that something could succeed Her comments had torpedoed the deal.
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent. (originally referring to an electric ray): from Latin, literally ‘stiffness, numbness’, by extension ‘electric ray’ (which gives a shock causing numbness), from torpere ‘be numb or sluggish’. The noun sense dates from the late 18th cent. and first described a timed explosive device for detonation under water.
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