from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swift steam man-of-war, especially designed to overtake and capture torpedo-boats.
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The doomed vessel in front of them was a long, low-lying French torpedo-catcher, with one big funnel between two signal-masts, hopelessly out of date, and evidently intended only to go in and take her share of the spoils.
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