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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 Originearly 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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