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Definitions for missile
ˈmɪs əl; esp. Brit. -aɪlmis·sile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. missile(noun)

    a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control

  2. projectile, missile(noun)

    a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled

GCIDE

  1. Missile(n.)

    A rocket-propelled device designed to fly through the air and deliver a warhead of explosive materials to a target.

    Etymology: [L. missile.]

Wiktionary

  1. missile(Noun)

    An object intended to be launched into the air at a target.

    Etymology: From missilis, neuter missile, in plural missilia, from mittere.

  2. missile(Noun)

    A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after having been launched.

    Etymology: From missilis, neuter missile, in plural missilia, from mittere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Missile(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Missile(noun)

    a weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projcted, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Missile

    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

  1. Missile

    mis′il, adj. that may be thrown from the hand or from any instrument.—n. a weapon thrown by the hand. [L. missilismittĕre, missum, to throw.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. missile

    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.

  2. missile

    A weapon thrown or intended to be thrown, for doing execution; as, a lance, an arrow, or a bullet.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'missile' in Nouns Frequency: #1921

Anagrams for missile »

  1. smilies

  2. similes

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of missile in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of missile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of missile in a Sentence

  1. William Gortney:

    Should these trends continue, over time NORAD will face increased risk in our ability to defend North America against Russian cruise missile threats.

  2. Raphael Marcus:

    Rocket fire against Israels towns and cities cause the economy to grind to a halt and terrorize the civilian population and causes severe pressure against the Israeli government. While Israel developed an innovative solution with its Iron Dome short-range missile defense system, Hezbollah has also learned that with an expanded arsenal, it will attempt to saturate Iron Domes capabilities, in a future war, Hezbollahs also hopes to use precision missiles to target sensitive sites and critical installations in Israel in order to deliver a sharp blow that will impact Israels ability to declare a clear victory.

  3. Hossein Jaberi Ansari:

    The U.S. sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile programme ... have no legal or moral legitimacy.

  4. Samantha Power:

    After reviewing the available information, we can confirm that Iran launched on Oct. 10 a medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, this was a clear violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929.

  5. Adam Mount:

    The United States appears to be adopting more realistic tactics on nuclear disarmament, but not more realistic objectives, the agenda is still dominated by the nuclear issue — to the detriment of achievable deals on arms control or other critical interests like human rights, proliferation risks, chemical and biological weapons, or missile limits.

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