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 for marine mine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  marine mine \ma*rine" mine`\, n. (Mil.)
     A military explosive device designed to be placed on or under
     the surface of a body of water, and to explode when ships
     pass nearby or come in contact with it. Its function is to
     destroy enemy ships or deny hostile naval forces access to
     certain areas of the sea, usually near the shoreline. Also
     called underwater mine and floating mine, and previously
     referred to as a torpedo (See torpedo[2]
     (a) ).
         [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Torpedo \Tor*pe"do\, n.; pl. Torpedoes. [L. torpedo, -inis,
     from torpere to be stiff, numb, or torpid. See Torpid.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of elasmobranch fishes
        belonging to Torpedo and allied genera. They are related
        to the rays, but have the power of giving electrical
        shocks. Called also crampfish, and numbfish. See
        Electrical fish, under Electrical.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The common European torpedo ({Torpedo vulgaris) and
           the American species ({Torpedo occidentalis) are the
           best known.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. An engine or machine for destroying ships by blowing them
        up; a mine[4]. Specifically: 
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
        (a) A quantity of explosives anchored in a channel,
            beneath the water, or set adrift in a current, and so
            designed that they will explode when touched or
            approached by a vessel, or when an electric circuit is
            closed by an operator on shore; now called marine
            mine. [obsolete]
            [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
                  Damn the torpedoes -- full speed ahead! --Adm.
                                                    David Glasgow
                                                    Farragut (At
                                                    the battle of
                                                    Mobile Bay,
                                                    1864).
        (b) A kind of small submarine boat carrying an explosive
            charge, and projected from a ship against another ship
            at a distance, or made self-propelling, and otherwise
            automatic in its action against a distant ship.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Mil.) A kind of shell or cartridge buried in earth, to be
        exploded by electricity or by stepping on it; now called
        land mine. [obsolete]
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     4. (Railroad) A kind of detonating cartridge or shell placed
        on a rail, and exploded when crushed under the locomotive
        wheels, -- used as an alarm signal.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. An explosive cartridge or shell lowered or dropped into a
        bored oil well, and there exploded, to clear the well of
        obstructions or to open communication with a source of
        supply of oil.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. A kind of firework in the form of a small ball, or pellet,
        which explodes when thrown upon a hard object.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     7. An automobile with a torpedo body. [Archaic Cant]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
  
     Fish torpedo, a spindle-shaped, or fish-shaped,
        self-propelling submarine torpedo.
  
     Spar torpedo, a canister or other vessel containing an
        explosive charge, and attached to the end of a long spar
        which projects from a ship or boat and is thrust against
        an enemy's ship, exploding the torpedo.
  
     Torpedo boat, a vessel adapted for carrying, launching,
        operating, or otherwise making use of, torpedoes against
        an enemy's ship., especially, a small, fast boat with
        tubes for launching torpedoes.
  
     Torpedo nettings, nettings made of chains or bars, which
        can be suspended around a vessel and allowed to sink
        beneath the surface of the water, as a protection against
        torpedoes.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  marine mine
      n 1: an explosive mine designed to destroy ships that bump into
           it [syn: floating mine, marine mine]

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