American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tube in the hull of a submarine or another naval vessel or mounted on the deck of a surface warship, through which torpedoes are launched.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sameas launching-tube.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Nav.) A tube fixed below or near the water line through which a torpedo is fired, usually by a small charge of gunpowder. On torpedo vessels the tubes are on deck and usually in broadside, on larger vessels usually submerged in broadside and fitted with a movable shield which is pushed out from the vessel's side to protect the torpedo until clear, but formerly sometimes in the bow. In submarine torpedo boats they are in the bow.
- n. a tube near the waterline of a vessel through which a torpedo is fired
“Weddigen reloaded his empty torpedo tube and selected his second target, Hogue.”
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