ETYM Latin torpedo, -inis, from torpere to be stiff, numb, or torpid. Related to Torpid.
A long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target.
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Self-propelled underwater missile, invented 1866 by British engineer Robert Whitehead. Modern torpedoes are homing missiles; some resemble mines in that they lie on the seabed until activated by the acoustic signal of a passing ship. A television camera enables them to be remotely controlled, and in the final stage of attack they lock on to the radar or sonar signals of the target ship.
(fish) or electric ray; Any species of the order Torpediniformes of mainly tropical rays (cartilaginous fishes), whose electric organs between the pectoral fin and the head can give a powerful shock. They can grow to 180 cm/6 ft in length.
The electric ray Torpedo nobiliana is found on both sides of the Atlantic.
To attack or hit with torpedoes.