Definitions for Missileˈmɪs əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mis•sileˈmɪs əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl(n.)
an object or weapon that is thrown, shot, or otherwise propelled at a target, as a stone, bullet, arrow, or rocket.
Ref: guided missile.
Ref: ballistic missile.
(adj.)capable of being used as a missile.
used for discharging missiles.
Origin of missile:
1600–10; < L, neut. of missilis=mitt(ere) to send, throw +-tilis -tile
a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control
a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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
An object intended to be launched into the air at a target.
A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after having been launched.
Origin: From missilis, neuter missile, in plural missilia, from mittere.
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
a weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projcted, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet
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
Rank popularity for the word 'Missile' in Nouns Frequency: #1921
Translations for Missile
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a weapon or object which is thrown or fired from a gun, bow etc.
- míssilPortuguese (BR)
- das GeschoßGerman
- प्रक्षेपास्त्र, अस्त्रHindi
- metak, zrnoCroatian
- kasthlutur; skeyti, skotIcelandic
- missile, proiettileItalian
- 던지는 무기Korean
- svaidomasis daiktas/ginklasLithuanian
- kasteskyts, prosjektilNorwegian
- مرمى، گلولهPersian
- метательный снаряд/предметRussian
- kastvapen, projektilSwedish
- สิ่งที่ขว้าง ปา หรือยิงออกไป เช่น ก้อนหิน จรวดThai
- mermi, okTurkish
- 投擲武器，發射物Chinese (Trad.)
- реактивний снарядUkrainian
- دور سے نشانے پر پھینکا جانے والا ہتھیارUrdu
- vật phóng raVietnamese
- 投掷武器，发射物Chinese (Simp.)
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