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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that destroys: a destroyer of family unity; a destroyer of our environment.
  • n. A small, fast, highly maneuverable warship armed with guns, torpedoes, depth charges, and guided missiles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which destroys something.
  • n. A small, fast warship with light armament, smaller than a cruiser, but bigger than a frigate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who destroys, ruins, kills, or desolates.
  • n. a small fast warship used primarily as an escort to larger vessels and typically armed with a combination of 5-inch guns, torpedos, depth charges, and missiles; formerly identical to the Torpedo-boat destroyer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which destroys; one who or that which kills, ruins, or makes desolate.
  • n. Specifically, a torpedo-boat destroyer. See torpedo-boat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to
  • n. a small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship

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