Full record for photon torpedo n.

Definition a hypothetical nuclear weapon in which a destructive force is generated by a collision of matter and antimatter
OED requirements antedating 1968
Earliest cite S.E, Whitfield, Making of Star Trek
Comment Added to the OED in March 2006 with an earliest date of 1968
Last modified 9 July, 2009

Citations for photon torpedo n.

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1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 194 The Enterprise is equipped with a second type of offensive weapon, called photon torpedos, which are energy pods of matter and anti-matter contained and held temporarily separated in a magno-photon force field.
1968 R. Hamner & G.L. Coon Taste of Armageddon in J. Blish Star Trek 2 (1968) 22, I wanted to bounce a couple of dozen photon torpedoes off them for a starter.
1971 J. Blish Star Trek 4 62 Set photon torpedoes two, four and six for widest possible scatter the three highest intercept probabilities.
1984 D. Duane My Enemy, my Ally vi. 85 What the hell are they doing here? Mr. Chekov, arm photon torpedoes, prepare to lock phasers on for firing. Mr. Sulu, prepare evasive action but do not execute.
1985 M. Larson Pawns & Symbols vi. 82 Wouldn't mind spending some time there collecting specimens—if I had a healthy supply of photon torpedoes and a reliable scanner alarm.
1986 D. Carey Dreadnought iii.35 Star Empire‥carries five dual-mount phaser banks, four banks of photon torpedoes.
1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor i. 19 Thermal radiation indicates that it came from the explosion of a starship by photon torpedo.
1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor viii. 157 As soon as that area rotated back into view, photon torpedoes flashed out from beneath the Centurion 's saucer and into the area of weakened M'dok deflector shields.
1990 D. Kramer-Rolls Home is Hunter ii. 9 And our ship's phaser banks, and the photon torpedoes.
1992 Sci. Fiction Age Nov. 74/3 This is where you learn how to‥fire the photon torpedoes and phasers.
1992 P. David Imzadi viii. 58 Half of them left to do something more fun than be near you—like shoot themselves out the photon torpedo tube.
1994 L. A. Graf Traitor Winds i. 10 But he's also been in photon-torpedo mode ever since he entered Security Academy.
1994 L. A. Graf Firestorm xi. 98 A direct hit with a photon torpedo might make an Elasian pass out.
1996 J. Gunn Joy Machine ix. 131 If we had a diversion from the Enterprise. Phasers. Photon torpedoes.
1996 W. Shatner Return ii. 14 They were low-yield photon torpedoes.
1997 J. Sherman & S. Shwartz Vulcan's Forge xv. 187 ‘Releasing photon torpedoes.’ David muttered.
1998 G. Cox Assignment: Eternity v. 66 Photon torpedoes loaded and ready to go.
1998 W. Shatner et al. Spectre i. 11 Memlon, on the other hand, shot off toward Teilani like a photon torpedo. ‘ghojmoHwl'! ghojmoHwl'! he shouted.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper i. v. 61 Phasers, disruptors, photon torpedoes‥none of those technologies had been invented yet.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper ii. v. 101 Hirota was bearing down on him like a photon torpedo.