- n. 鱼雷；水雷；油井爆破筒；电鳐；职业杀手
- vt. 破坏；用鱼雷袭击
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1. 西班牙语：torp- "to be stiff, numb" + -edo. 西班牙语也多以 -o 结尾，因此从西班牙语引入的词也多以 -o 结尾。
2. 同源词：torped, torpor.
来自拉丁语 torpedo,电鳐，因这种鱼可以放电电晕猎物而得名，来自 torpere,使麻木，使迟钝， 词源同 torpor,torpid.后借用该拉丁词用于指大规律爆炸性炸药鱼雷，水雷。
- torpedo (n.)
- 1520s, "electric ray" (flat fish that produces an electric charge to stun prey or for defense), from Latin torpedo "electric ray," originally "numbness, sluggishness" (the fish so called from the effect of being jolted by the ray's electric discharges), from torpere "be numb" (see torpor).
Torpedo. A fish which while alive, if touched even with a long stick, benumbs the hand that so touches it, but when dead is eaten safely. [Johnson]
The sense of "explosive device used to blow up enemy ships" is first recorded 1776, as a floating mine; the self-propelled version is from c. 1900. Related: Torpedic.
- torpedo (v.)
- "destroy or sink (a ship) by a torpedo," 1874, from torpedo (n.). Also used late 19c. of blowing open oil wells. Figurative sense attested from 1895. Related: Torpedoed; torpedoing.
- 1. These attacks are seen as an effort to torpedo the talks.
- 2. Ice could freeze up their torpedo release mechanisms.
- 3. He was accused of trying to torpedo the talks.
- 4. His ship was blown up by a torpedo.
- 5. As it taxied towards the tug the pilot released his torpedo.
[ torpedo 造句 ]