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Missile vs. Torpedo

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Missilenoun

Any object used as a weapon by being thrown or fired through the air, such as stone, arrow or bullet.

‘The Rhodians, who used leaden bullets, were able to project their missiles twice as far as the Persian slingers, who used large stones.’;

Torpedonoun

An electric ray of the genus Torpedo.

Missilenoun

(military) A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after it is launched.

‘That missile is explosive enough to kill hundreds.’;

Torpedonoun

(military) A cylindrical explosive projectile that can travel underwater and is used as a weapon.

Missileadjective

Capable of being thrown; adapted for hurling or to be projected from the hand, or from any instrument or engine{2}, so as to strike an object at a distance.

‘We bend the bow, or wing the missile dart.’;

Torpedonoun

(regional) A submarine sandwich.

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Missilenoun

A weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projected, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet.

Torpedonoun

A naval mine.

Missilenoun

A rocket-propelled device designed to fly through the air and deliver a warhead of explosive materials to a target.

Torpedonoun

An explosive device buried underground and set off remotely, to destroy fortifications, troops, or cavalry; a land torpedo.

Missilenoun

rocket carrying passengers or instruments or a warhead

Torpedonoun

(slang) A professional gunman or assassin.

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Missilenoun

a weapon that is thrown or projected

Torpedonoun

A small explosive device attached to the top of the rail to provide an audible warning when a train passes over it.

Missile

In military terminology, a missile, also known as a guided missile or guided rocket, is a guided airborne ranged weapon capable of self-propelled flight usually by a jet engine or rocket motor. Missiles have five system components: targeting, guidance system, flight system, engine and warhead.

Torpedonoun

A kind of firework in the form of a small ball, or pellet, which explodes when thrown upon a hard object.

Torpedonoun

An automobile with a torpedo body.

Torpedonoun

a woman's shoe with a pointed toe

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Torpedonoun

a large breast; breast with a large nipple

Torpedonoun

(slang) a marijuana cigarette

Torpedonoun

a thick marijuana cigarette

Torpedonoun

a cigarette containing marijuana and crack cocaine

Torpedoverb

To send a torpedo, usually from a submarine, that explodes below the waterline of the target ship.

Torpedoverb

To sink a ship with one of more torpedoes.

Torpedoverb

To undermine or destroy any endeavor with a stealthy, powerful attack.

Torpedonoun

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.

Torpedonoun

An engine or machine for destroying ships by blowing them up; a mine{4}.

Torpedonoun

A quantity of explosives anchored in a channel, beneath the water, or set adrift in a current, and so designed that they will explode when touched or approached by a vessel, or when an electric circuit is closed by an operator on shore; now called marine mine.

‘Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!’;

Torpedonoun

A kind of shell or cartridge buried in earth, to be exploded by electricity or by stepping on it; now called land mine.

Torpedonoun

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.

Torpedonoun

A kind of detonating cartridge or shell placed on a rail, and exploded when crushed under the locomotive wheels, - used as an alarm signal.

Torpedonoun

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.

Torpedonoun

A kind of firework in the form of a small ball, or pellet, which explodes when thrown upon a hard object.

Torpedonoun

An automobile with a torpedo body.

Torpedoverb

to destroy by, or subject to the action of, a torpedo.

Torpedoverb

To destroy, cause to halt, or prevent from being accomplished; - used esp. with reference to a plan or an enterprise, halted by some action before the plan is put into execution.

Torpedonoun

a professional killer who uses a gun

Torpedonoun

a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

Torpedonoun

an explosive device that is set off in an oil well (or a gas well) to start or to increase the flow of oil (or gas)

Torpedonoun

a small firework that consists of a percussion cap and some gravel wrapped in paper; explodes when thrown forcefully against a hard surface

Torpedonoun

a small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over it; the sound of the explosion warns the engineer of danger ahead

Torpedonoun

armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target

Torpedonoun

any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric discharges

Torpedoverb

attack or hit with torpedoes

Torpedo

A modern torpedo is an underwater ranged weapon launched above or below the water surface, self-propelled towards a target, and with an explosive warhead designed to detonate either on contact with or in proximity to the target. Historically, such a device was called an automotive, automobile, locomotive or fish torpedo; colloquially a fish.

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