from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that destroys.
  • noun A small, fast, highly maneuverable warship armed with guns, torpedoes, depth charges, and guided missiles.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who destroys, ruins, kills, or desolates.
  • noun (Nav.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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