Definition of Destroyer

1. Noun. A small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship.

Exact synonyms: Guided Missile Destroyer
Specialized synonyms: Tin Can, Torpedo-boat Destroyer
Specialized synonyms: Uss Cole
Generic synonyms: Combat Ship, War Vessel, Warship
Derivative terms: Destroy, Destroy

2. Noun. A person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to. "Uprooters of gravestones"
Exact synonyms: Ruiner, Undoer, Uprooter, Waster
Specialized synonyms: Annihilator, Iconoclast, Image Breaker, Diversionist, Saboteur, Wrecker, Vandal
Generic synonyms: Bad Person
Derivative terms: Destroy, Destroy, Ruin, Ruin, Ruin, Undo, Uproot, Waste

Definition of Destroyer

1. n. One who destroys, ruins, kills, or desolates.

2. n. = Torpedo-boat destroyer.

Definition of Destroyer

1. Noun. That which destroys something. ¹

2. Noun. (military) A small, fast warship with light armament, smaller than a cruiser, but bigger than a frigate. ¹

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Definition of Destroyer

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Literary usage of Destroyer

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1. Leading American Inventors by George Iles (1912)
"Ericsson, on his own initiative, now proceeded to plan his famous destroyer, which embodied his matured ideas of torpedo warfare. The destroyer was a ..."

2. The American Library Annual: Including Index to Dates of Current Events (1915)
"N 3 US torpedo boat destroyer Paulding goes ashore destroyer Paulding floated. ... French torpedo boat 358 strikes rock, sinks, crew Blow out on destroyer ..."

3. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1886)
"Before proceeding to describe the destroyer built at Nelson, perhaps I may be allowed to give a word of explanation of our position, and the reasons which ..."

4. The Dover Patrol 1915-1917 by Reginald Bacon (1919)
"The only permanent defence force besides the drifters was two destroyers or torpedo-boats. Originally one destroyer or a torpedo-boat formed the day patrol, ..."

5. World's War Events: Recorded by Statesmen, Commanders, Historians and by Men by Allen Leon Churchill (1919)
"One beauty of a destroyer is that, life on ^ board being reduced to its simplest terms any- destroyer how, there is little to change. ..."

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