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dɪˈstrɔɪ ərde·stroy·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destroyer, guided missile destroyernoun

    a small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship

  2. destroyer, ruiner, undoer, waster, uprooternoun

    a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to

    "a destroyer of the environment"; "jealousy was his undoer"; "uprooters of gravestones"


  1. destroyernoun

    That which destroys something.

  2. destroyernoun

    A small, fast warship with light armament, smaller than a cruiser, but bigger than a frigate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Destroyernoun

    one who destroys, ruins, kills, or desolates

    Etymology: [Cf. OF. destruior.]


  1. Destroyer

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of destroyer in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of destroyer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of destroyer in a Sentence

  1. Jens Stoltenberg:

    We are ready to help, but they have to request it – so we will not send in troops and we will not do any activities in Libya at all without a request from the Libyan government. Britain has provisionally offered to contribute 1,000 troops to an Italian-led training mission. Stoltenberg also condemned flyby of Russian warplanes in the Baltic Sea over a US Navy destroyer that took place Monday. He called Russia’s behavior.

  2. Starhawk:

    ...desire cracks open the gates. If you're ready it will take you through. But nothing lasts forever, time is the destroyer, the wheel turns again and again, watch out it will take you through.

  3. Tereza Cristina:

    We cannot say that, because we have a fire in the Amazon rainforest, Brazilian agribusiness is the great destroyer and should therefore face trade barriers.

  4. J. Robert Oppenheimer:

    I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.N.B.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    How we wish we could breathe forever. But death, the destroyer of pleasure is waiting to take it away from us. Maybe death is the price of life. Isn't death painful because life is always beautiful?

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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. hypernym
    • B. ternion
    • C. vigorish
    • D. pluck

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