PT boat

PT boat
n. US a motor torpedo-boat.
Etymology: Patrol Torpedo

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noun
a small fast unarmored and lightly armed torpedo boat; P(atrol) T(orpedo) boat
Hypernyms: ↑torpedo boat

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\\ˈpēˈtē-\ noun also pt (-s)
Usage: usually capitalized P&T
Etymology: patrol torpedo

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U.S. Mil.
a small, fast, lightly armed, unarmored, and highly maneuverable boat used chiefly for torpedoing enemy shipping. Also called mosquito boat, motor torpedo boat.
[1940-45; p(atrol) t(orpedo)]

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PT boat,
a small, fast motorboat which carries torpedoes, depth bombs, and light antiaircraft armament.
[< P(atrol) T(orpedo) boat]

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n. a motorboat equipped with torpedoes and used by the military, esp. during World War II
Origin:
1940s: from P(atrol) T(orpedo) boat

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PT boat [PT boat]
(in full patrol torpedo boat) noun
a small, fast US Navy boat that carries torpedoes (= tube-shaped bombs that are fired under water). PT boats were used especially during ↑World War II.

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