American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large, heavily armed torpedo boat used in combat especially against other torpedo boats until the early part of the 20th century.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A larger, swifter, and more powerful armed type of torpedo boat, originally intended principally for the destruction of torpedo boats, but later used also as a more formidable torpedo boat.
- n. small destroyer that was the forerunner of modern destroyers; designed to destroy torpedo boats
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