Definitions for ballisticsbəˈlɪs tɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bal•lis•tics*bəˈlɪs tɪks(n.)

  1. the science or study of the motion of projectiles, as bullets, shells, or bombs.

    Category: Physics, Rocketry

  2. the art or science of designing projectiles for maximum flight performance.

    Category: Physics, Rocketry

* (usu. used with a sing. v.).

Origin of ballistics:

1745–55

bal•lis•ti•cianˌbæl əˈstɪʃ ən(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballistics, ballistic trajectory(noun)

    the trajectory of an object in free flight

  2. ballistics(noun)

    the science of flight dynamics

Wiktionary

  1. ballistics(Noun)

    The science of objects that predominately fly under the effects of gravity, momentum and atmospheric drag, and dealing with details of their behaviour at the origin and destination of their flight, as of bullets or missiles or rockets.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ballistics(noun)

    the science or art of hurling missile weapons by the use of an engine

Freebase

  1. Ballistics

    Ballistics is the science of mechanics that deals with the flight, behavior, and effects of projectiles, especially bullets, gravity bombs, rockets, or the like; the science or art of designing and accelerating projectiles so as to achieve a desired performance. A ballistic body is a body which is free to move, behave, and be modified in appearance, contour, or texture by ambient conditions, substances, or forces, as by the pressure of gases in a gun or propulsive nozzle, by rifling in a barrel, by gravity, by temperature, or by air particles. A ballistic missile is a missile only guided during the relatively brief initial powered phase of flight, whose trajectory is subsequently governed by the laws of classical mechanics. Modern inter-continental ballistic missiles, contain a maneuverable orbiting bus that positions and releases ballistic warheads in space using celestial navigation.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. ballistics

    The science or art that deals with the motion, behavior, appearance, or modification of missiles or other vehicles acted upon by propellants, wind, gravity, temperature, or any other modifying substance, condition, or force.

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