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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mis′il, adj. that may be thrown from the hand or from any instrument.—n. a weapon thrown by the hand. [L. missilis—mittĕre, missum, to throw.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Capable of being thrown; adapted for hurling, or to be projected from the hand, or from any instrument or engine; as, to wing the missile dart.
A weapon thrown or intended to be thrown, for doing execution; as, a lance, an arrow, or a bullet.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'missile' in Nouns Frequency: #1921
The numerical value of missile in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of missile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of missile in a Sentence
My friends told me I looked like a human missile.
If the missile is threatening, it will be intercepted.
If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
A static display of a missile cannot tell you how far a missile flies.
Russia knows very well that NATO's missile defence is not aimed at them.
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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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