destroyer, guided missile destroyer(noun)
a small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship
destroyer, ruiner, undoer, waster, uprooter(noun)
a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to
"a destroyer of the environment"; "jealousy was his undoer"; "uprooters of gravestones"
That which destroys something.
A small, fast warship with light armament, smaller than a cruiser, but bigger than a frigate.
one who destroys, ruins, kills, or desolates
Origin: [Cf. OF. destruior.]
In naval terminology, a destroyer is a fast and maneuverable yet long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group and defend them against smaller, powerful, short-range attackers. Destroyers, originally called boat destroyers in 1892, evolved from the response of navies to the threat posed by torpedo boats. Growing from earlier defensive developments, the "torpedo boat destroyer" first appeared as a distinct class of warship when HMS Havock and HMS Hornet were commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1894. By the time of the Russo-Japanese War in 1904, TBDs were "large, swift, and powerfully armed torpedo boats designed to destroy other torpedo boats." Although the term destroyer had been used interchangeably with the terms "TBD" and "torpedo boat destroyer" by navies since 1892, the term torpedo boat destroyer had been generally shortened to simply "destroyer" by nearly all navies by the First World War. Prior to World War II, destroyers were light vessels with little endurance for unattended ocean operations; typically a number of destroyers and a single destroyer tender operated together. After the war, the advent of the guided missile allowed destroyers to take on the surface combatant roles previously filled by battleships and cruisers. This resulted in larger and more powerful destroyers more capable of independent operation.
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The numerical value of destroyer in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of destroyer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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When the destroyer comes, his first act will be to destroy all the books.
The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.
Om (AUM) is the truth of all truths, the light of all lights and the destroyer of all illusions.
I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.N.B. This is a paraphrase from the ancient Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita.
The smallest ship in the U.S. Navy to carry a Tomahawk missile would be destroyer size – that’s about 10 times the size [of the Russian ships].
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- destructorCatalan, Valencian
- ničitel, torpédoborecCzech
- Zerstörer, ZerstGerman
- destructor, destruidorSpanish
- hävittäjä, tuhoojaFinnish
- contre-torpilleur, destructeur, destroyerFrench
- משחתת, הורסHebrew
- cacciatorpediniere, distruttoreItalian
- kapal pembinasa, perosak, pembinasaMalay
- øydar, øydeleggjarNorwegian Nynorsk
- destruidor, contratorpedeiroPortuguese
- истребитель, миноносец, эсминец, разрушительRussian
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