• An electric ray of the genus Torpedo.
  • A cylindrical explosive projectile that can travel underwater and is used as a weapon.
  • A submarine sandwich.
  • A naval mine.
  • An explosive device buried underground and set off remotely, to destroy fortifications, troops, or cavalry; a land torpedo.
  • A professional gunman or assassin.
  • A small explosive device attached to the top of the rail to provide an audible warning when a train passes over it.
  • A kind of firework in the form of a small ball, or pellet, which explodes when thrown upon a hard object.
  • An automobile with a torpedo body.
  • A woman's shoe with a pointed toe.
  • A large breast; breast with a large nipple.
  • A marijuana cigarette.



  • Borrowed from Latin torpēdō ("a torpedo fish; numbness, torpidity, electric ray"), from torpeō + -ēdō, from Proto-Indo-European *ster- ("stiff"). In the military sense .
  • Cognate with Old English steorfan ("to die"), Ancient Greek στερεός ("solid"), Lithuanian tirpstu ("to become rigid"), Old Church Slavonic трупети.

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