Definitions for Missileˈmɪs əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mis•sileˈmɪs əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl(n.)

  1. an object or weapon that is thrown, shot, or otherwise propelled at a target, as a stone, bullet, arrow, or rocket.

  2. Category: Military

    Ref: guided missile.

  3. Category: Military

    Ref: ballistic missile.

  4. (adj.)capable of being used as a missile.

  5. used for discharging missiles.

Origin of missile:

1600–10; < L, neut. of missilis=mitt(ere) to send, throw +-tilis -tile

Princeton's WordNet

  1. missile(noun)

    a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control

  2. projectile, missile(noun)

    a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. missile(noun)ˈmɪs əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

    an explosive device that travels through the air to reach its target

    a missile fired across the border

Wiktionary

  1. missile(Noun)

    An object intended to be launched into the air at a target.

  2. missile(Noun)

    A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after having been launched.

  3. Origin: From missilis, neuter missile, in plural missilia, from mittere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Missile(adj)

    capable of being thrown; adapted for hurling or to be projected from the hand, or from any instrument or rngine, so as to strike an object at a distance

  2. Missile(noun)

    a weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projcted, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet

Freebase

  1. Missile

    In a modern military, a missile is a self-propelled guided weapon system, as opposed to a unguided self-propelled munition, referred to as just a rocket . Missiles have four system components: targeting and/or guidance, flight system, engine, and warhead. Missiles come in types adapted for different purposes: surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles, air-to-air missiles, and anti-satellite missiles. All known existing missiles are designed to be propelled during powered flight by chemical reactions inside a rocket engine, jet engine, or other type of engine. Non-self-propelled airborne explosive devices are generally referred to as shells and usually have a shorter range than missiles. An ordinary English-language usage predating guided weapons is simply any thrown object, such as items thrown at players by rowdy spectators at a sporting event.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Missile' in Nouns Frequency: #1921


Translations for Missile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

missile(noun)

a weapon or object which is thrown or fired from a gun, bow etc.

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