What does ballistic mean?

Definitions for ballistic
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.

    Etymology: From ballista.

  2. ballisticadjective

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

    Etymology: From ballista.

  3. ballisticadjective

    Very angry.

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

    Etymology: From ballista.

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. Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    This is not a defense system. This is part of U.S. nuclear strategic potential brought onto a periphery. In this case, Eastern Europe is such periphery, until now, those taking such decisions have lived in calm, fairly well-off and in safety. Now, as these elements of ballistic missile defense are deployed, we are forced to think how to neutralize emerging threats to the Russian Federation.

  2. Frank Rose:

    We are not going to agree to limitations on our systems because we need to have the flexibility to deal with the dynamic and evolving threat, north Korea has large numbers of ballistic missiles and they test them often.

  3. Dave Marver:

    The main thing is the current combat helmets are ... not optimized for blunt impact protection and that’s what football helmets are designed to do, protect against blunt impact, and so what we’re doing rather than working to replace the shell of the combat helmet, which is good at ballistic protection, we’re actually replacing the inner padding, which is currently just foam.

  4. Matthew Rycroft:

    It’s a huge threat to international peace and security that DPRK now appears to have the capability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile that could in theory hit the UK, could hit most Europe, could hit most of the United States.

  5. 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.

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