Definition of destroyer in US English:



  • 1A small, fast warship, especially one equipped for a defensive role against submarines and aircraft.

    • ‘At sea are five giant aircraft carriers, four of which have their own battle fleets of destroyers, cruisers and submarines, totalling 25 ships.’
    • ‘The Orze was one of two submarines, three destroyers, a training vessel and a supply ship which the Polish naval command had at its disposal in November 1939.’
    • ‘The Japanese navy has been trailing the submarine with two destroyers and a surveillance airplane, a defense agency spokesman said.’
    • ‘This includes an aircraft carrier, four frigates, two destroyers, other ships and group troops.’
    • ‘The Lynx is one of the mainstays of maritime aviation for the Royal Navy, and the aircraft has for many years provided the ship's flight for deployed frigates and destroyers.’
    • ‘Stated future requirements for the yards include up to nine Type 45 destroyers, two future aircraft carriers and a primary casualty receiving ship.’
    • ‘These ships were to be supported by six torpedo-boat destroyers, two submarines and support ships.’
    • ‘Royal Navy destroyer HMS Nottingham has been holed by rocks off Australia.’
    • ‘These were to include a close escort of six destroyers, four corvettes, three minesweepers, four armed trawlers and two ack-ack ships.’
    • ‘Veteran Royal Navy destroyer HMS Newcastle is enjoying a high-profile sunset to her distinguished Naval career.’
    • ‘Royal Navy destroyer HMS Exeter has carried out trailblazing exercises with the Chinese Navy in the Yellow Sea.’
    • ‘At sea, he served in a battleship, an aircraft carrier, in cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and a minesweeper.’
    • ‘Shipyards in England and Scotland must start cutting steel for the first of a dozen new Royal Navy destroyers in just two years time.’
    • ‘Submarines, aircraft carriers, destroyers, these people have to be trained.’
    • ‘The number of destroyers, frigates and submarines each in the Pakistan navy are approximately half that of India.’
    • ‘Between six and ten ships - usually destroyers, frigates and tankers - are attached to the Force for up to eight months.’
    • ‘At one time he had an entire fort, complete with submarines and destroyers.’
    • ‘Intensive fire from flak guns was directed against the midget submarine, before destroyers pounded the spot with depth charges.’
    • ‘The fleet includes a submarine, a destroyer and an aircraft carrier.’
    • ‘It's kind of hard not to think of the bigger picture when a destroyer and an aircraft carrier are docked in the bay a few miles away.’
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    1. 1.1 Someone or something that destroys.
      ‘the greatest destroyer of love and peace’
      • ‘Gunns is also a destroyer of native forests on other private land, by means of joint ventures or other commercial arrangements with owners of native forests.’
      • ‘Shiva is the destroyer of the world, following Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver, after which Brahma again creates the world and so on.’
      • ‘The long duration of their wars, and their inflexible adherence to their purpose, are to be ranked among the foremost destroyers of the human species.’