Definitions for ballistic missile

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ballis′tic mis′sile(n.)

  1. a missile that travels to its target unpowered and unguided after being launched.

    Category: Military, Rocketry

Origin of ballistic missile:

1950–55

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballistic missile(noun)

    a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target

Wiktionary

  1. ballistic missile(Noun)

    A missile that is initially guided, but then follows a ballistic (freely falling) trajectory.

Freebase

  1. Ballistic missile

    A ballistic missile is a missile that follows a ballistic flightpath with the objective of delivering one or more warheads to a predetermined target. Shorter range ballistic missiles stay within the Earth's atmosphere, while longer range ones are designed to spend some of their flight time above the atmosphere and are thus considered sub-orbital.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. ballistic missile

    Any missile which does not rely upon aerodynamic surfaces to produce lift and consequently follows a ballistic trajectory when thrust is terminated. See also aerodynamic missile; guided missile.


Translations for ballistic missile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ballistic missile

a missile guided for part of its course but falling like an ordinary bomb.

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