Definitions for Missileˈmɪs əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl
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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
A rocket-propelled device designed to fly through the air and deliver a warhead of explosive materials to a target.
Origin: [L. missile.]
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
Origin: [L. missils, fr. mittere, missum, to cause to go, to send, to throw; cf. Lith. mesti to throw: cf. F. missile. Cf. Admit, Dismiss, Mass the religious service, Message, Mission.]
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Missile' in Nouns Frequency: #1921
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
Russia knows very well that NATO's missile defence is not aimed at them.
If one missile doesn't work, you have another system to use against enemy threats.
Much of what missile defense programs are about is reassuring allies and the public.
A missile fell and the house was destroyed. We were attacked, a missile fell. I remember.
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- قذيفة, صاروخArabic
- projectil, míssilCatalan, Valencian
- Flugkörper, RaketeGerman
- βλήμα, πύραυλοςGreek
- misil, proyectilSpanish
- ammus, raketti, ohjusFinnish
- projectile, missileFrench
- urchairScottish Gaelic
- רקטה, טילHebrew
- rakéta, lövedékHungarian
- ミサイル, 弾丸Japanese
- მართული ყუმბარა, რაკეტა, ყუმბარაGeorgian
- peluru berpanduMalay
- rachetă, proiectile, proiectilRomanian
- раке́та, снаря́дRussian
- strela, raketaSlovak
- missil, raket, robotSwedish
- tên lửaVietnamese
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