- any object or weapon that is thrown at a target or shot from an engine, gun, etc
- 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)
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mis•sile /ˈmɪsəl/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- an object or weapon propelled at a target, as a stone, bullet, etc.:Rocks, stones, and other flying missiles came down on their heads.
- Militarya rocket-propelled weapon:Missiles from both sides filled the air.
mis•sile (mis′əl or, esp. Brit., -īl),USA pronunciation n.
- an object or weapon for throwing, hurling, or shooting, as a stone, bullet, or arrow.
- See guided missile.
- See ballistic missile.
- capable of being thrown, hurled, or shot, as from the hand or a gun.
- used or designed for discharging missiles.
- Latin, neuter of missilis, equivalent. to miss(us) (past participle of mittere to send, throw) + -ilis -ile
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missile /ˈmɪsaɪl/ n
'missile' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
AAM - ABM - AGM - ALBM - ALCM - ASBM - ASM - AUM - Ab - Antiballistic Missile Treaty - Atlas - BMEWS - Bomarc - Bradley Fighting Vehicle - Canaveral - Cuba - DEW line - Greenham Common - Huntsville - ICBM - IRBM - Kalamazoo - MIRV - Minuteman - Patriot - ablation - abort - afterbody - aim - air log - air-breathe - air-breather - air-launched cruise missile - air-to-air - antiballistic - antiballistic missile - antimissile - antimissile missile - armed - arrow - artillery - aspect ratio - ballistic missile - ballistic trajectory - battery - bipropellant - bird - blastoff - bogey - bola