One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An explosive charge designed to be dropped from a ship or aircraft and to explode under water at a preset depth, used for attacking submarines.
- ‘The depth charge could only be effective if a submarine had been detected.’
- ‘Depth charge after depth charge rained down on the U-boat and up floated the usual tell-tale signs - oil and air bubbles.’
- ‘By the end, when the sonar operator says, ‘splashes’, you yourself brace for the explosion of the depth charge.’
- ‘It drops like a depth charge, followed by an ominous silence, as he composes his words, weighs them and utters each with great earnestness.’
- ‘He was given a nuclear depth-bomb: like a depth charge but actually a hydrogen bomb.’
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