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bəˈlɪs tɪkbal·lis·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballisticadjective

    relating to or characteristic of the motion of objects moving under their own momentum and the force of gravity

    "ballistic missile"


  1. ballisticadjective

    Or relating to ballistics.

  2. ballisticadjective

    Or relating to projectiles moving under their own momentum, air drag, gravity and sometimes rocket power

  3. ballisticadjective

    Very angry.

    When he heard him lie about it, he went ballistic.

  4. Etymology: From ballista.


  1. ballistic

    Ballistic refers to anything related to the study and design of projectiles, their movement, dynamics, angular movement, and the effects of forces such as deflection or drag forces, or stabilization. Initially, it was used to refer to the science of metal projectiles launched by weapons, but can also refer to any object that is launched into the air and follows a curved trajectory under the influence of gravity and other forces. It can extend to the launching and movement of missiles, bullets, rockets, space vehicles, and satellites. Additionally, it can imply an uncontrolled or recklessly determined course or behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ballisticadjective

    of or pertaining to the ballista, or to the art of hurling stones or missile weapons by means of an engine

  2. Ballisticadjective

    pertaining to projection, or to a projectile


  1. Ballistic

    Ballistic is a fictional superhero from the Image Comics comic book series Cyberforce. Created by Marc Silvestri, she first appeared in 1991.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ballistic

    Is a machine designed to determine by electricity the initial velocity of a projectile. The West Point ballistic machine, devised for use at the Military Academy by Col. Benton, of the ordnance department, and since adopted by that department, consists of a bed-plate of metal supporting an arc placed in a perpendicular position, and graduated. Suspended perpendicular to the plane of this arc are two pendulums, having a common axis of motion passing through the centre. Two electro-magnets are attached to the horizontal limb of the arc to hold up the pendulums when they are deflected through angles of 90°. There is also an apparatus which records the point at which the pendulums pass each other, when they fall by the breaking of the currents which excite the magnets, two targets being placed so as to support the wires in a position to be cut by the projectile. The velocity of the electric currents being considered instantaneous, and the loss of the power of the magnets simultaneous with the rupture of the currents, it follows that each pendulum begins to move at the instant that the projectile cuts the wire, and that the interval of time corresponds to the difference of the arcs described by the pendulums up to the time of meeting.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballistic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballistic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ballistic in a Sentence

  1. Robert Ashley:

    Developments in hypersonic propulsion wivolutionize rewarfare by providing the ability to strike targets more quickly, at greater distances, and with greater firepower, china is also developing increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile warheads and hypersonic glide vehicles in an attempt to counter ballistic missile defense systems.

  2. Tom Karako:

    U.S. missile defense efforts have been largely oriented to a limited ballistic missile-style threat, but the threat from Russia is not just from ballistic missiles anymore. Cruise missiles and hypersonic-glide vehicles don’t follow predictable ballistic paths so we have to adapt to this emerging threat.

  3. Marie Harf:

    Any satellite launch that uses ballistic missile technology would be a violation of multiple Security Council resolutions that require North Korea to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program.

  4. Jeffrey Lewis:

    While significant attention has been focused on Saudi Arabia development, Saudi Arabia development and now production of ballistic missiles has not received the same level of scrutiny, the domestic production of ballistic missiles by Saudi Arabia suggests that any diplomatic effort to control missile proliferation would need to involve other regional actors, like Saudi Arabia and Israel, that produce their own ballistic missiles.

  5. An Iranian official:

    The Western side insists that not only should it (ballistic missiles) remain under sanctions, but that Iran should suspend its program as well, but Iran is insisting on its rights and says all the sanctions, including on the ballistic missiles, should be lifted when the U.N. sanctions are lifted.

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