from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A network of steel or iron wire hung around a ship and boomed off by spars to intercept torpedoes or torpedo-boats. When not in use it is stopped up alongside the ship.
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The ship was to carry a "crinoline" of stanchions along her water-line, practically a fixed torpedo-net.
Lala Baba, the point of Suvla Bay; and there, where no vessel floated at sundown, lay now the strategy of the battle, a great fleet of transports, warships, lighters, pinnaces and destroyers, encircled already by a great torpedo-net.
I passed one hand down Laughton's stretched arm and felt an iron gooseneck and a foot or two of a backward-sloping torpedo-net boom.
Some of them weigh a ton or more, but even against these large masses the air acts as a kind of "torpedo-net."
Off, which was eighty-five miles away along the coast, and put off out of the harbour through the gap in the torpedo-net about dawn.