American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small, fast warship equipped for firing torpedoes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a boat from which a torpedo is operated; especially, a small swift steamer carrying one or more offensive torpedoes for use against an enemy's ships.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a vessel adapted for carrying, launching, operating, or otherwise making use of, torpedoes against an enemy's ship., especially, a small, fast boat with tubes for launching torpedoes.
- n. small high-speed warship designed for torpedo attacks in coastal waters
“Moreover, a torpedo boat thus stopped would, by catching the rope, draw the guard-boat on either side of her, or right on top of her.”
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