missile

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmɪsaɪl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmɪsəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(misəl or, esp. Brit., -īl)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mis•sile /ˈmɪsəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an object or weapon propelled at a target, as a stone, bullet, etc.:Rocks, stones, and other flying missiles came down on their heads.
  2. Militarya rocket-propelled weapon:Missiles from both sides filled the air.
See -mis-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mis•sile  (misəl or, esp. Brit., -īl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an object or weapon for throwing, hurling, or shooting, as a stone, bullet, or arrow.
  2. See  guided missile. 
  3. See  ballistic missile. 

adj. 
  1. capable of being thrown, hurled, or shot, as from the hand or a gun.
  2. used or designed for discharging missiles.
  • Latin, neuter of missilis, equivalent. to miss(us) (past participle of mittere to send, throw) + -ilis -ile
  • 1600–10

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
missile /ˈmɪsaɪl/ n
  1. any object or weapon that is thrown at a target or shot from an engine, gun, etc
  2. a rocket-propelled weapon that flies either in a fixed trajectory (ballistic missile) or in a trajectory that can be controlled during flight (guided missile)
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin: missilis, from mittere to send
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