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Torpedo shell

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Torpedo shell (Ordnance) A shell longer than a deck-piercing shell, with thinner walls and a larger cavity for the bursting charge, which consists of about 130 pounds of high explosive. It has no soft cap, and is intended to effect its damage by the powerful explosion which follows on slight resistance. It is used chiefly in 12-inch mortars.
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Usage

In literature:

When the torpedo strikes its target, the gun is fired and the shell strikes the outside plating of the ship.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
The torpedo boats and other craft opened up and covered the waves with shells.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
My torpedoes and even my shells were too precious for that.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
When possible, the commanders of the German submarines saved their costly torpedoes and used shell fire instead to sink their victims.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
Those who had not been killed by the shell-fire had been wiped out by the explosion of their own torpedoes.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
When possible, the commanders of the German submarines saved their costly torpedoes and used shell fire instead to sink their victims.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
The harpoon has an explosive shell attached to its head like the torpedo of a submarine.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
He says he has over 2000 shell torpedoes planted along our lines around Richmond and Petersburg.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Are our new standard ships being thus badly named, that the enemy may look upon them as pariahs, unworthy of shell or torpedo?
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
Nor did the theory of a shell with a sort of propeller device, like that of a torpedo, prove to be right.
"Air Service Boys Over The Rhine" by Charles Amory Beach
But a well-aimed shell exploded upon the deck of the torpedo-boat, and sank it to the bottom of the sea.
"American Leaders and Heroes" by Wilbur Fisk Gordy
The steamship Conargo was torpedoed in the Irish Sea March 31, and the lifeboats were shelled.
"Current History: A Monthly Magazine of the New York Times, May 1918" by Various
A torpedo cannot be fired through water like a cannon shell through air.
"The Romance of Modern Invention" by Archibald Williams
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In poetry:

Small Craft — Small Craft — from Scapa Flow to Dover:
Small Craft — Small Craft — all the wide world over:
At risk of war and shipwreck, torpedo, mine and shell,
All honour be to Small Craft, for oh! They've earned it well!
"Small Craft" by Cicely Fox Smith