What does projectile mean?

Definitions for projectile
prəˈdʒɛk tɪl, -taɪlpro·jec·tile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. projectile, missile(noun)

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

  2. rocket, projectile(adj)

    any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine

  3. projectile(adj)

    impelling or impelled forward

    "a projectile force"; "a projectile missile"


  1. projectile(Noun)

    an object intended to be or having been fired from a weapon.

    Etymology: From proiectilis, from proiectus, perfect passive participle of proicio.

  2. projectile(Noun)

    any object propelled through space by the application of a force.

    Etymology: From proiectilis, from proiectus, perfect passive participle of proicio.

  3. projectile(Adjective)

    In the manner of something fired from a weapon.

    Etymology: From proiectilis, from proiectus, perfect passive participle of proicio.

  4. projectile(Adjective)

    Designed to discharge projectiles towards its target.

    Etymology: From proiectilis, from proiectus, perfect passive participle of proicio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Projectile(adj)

    projecting or impelling forward; as, a projectile force

    Etymology: [Cf. F. projectile.]

  2. Projectile(adj)

    caused or imparted by impulse or projection; impelled forward; as, projectile motion

    Etymology: [Cf. F. projectile.]

  3. Projectile(noun)

    a body projected, or impelled forward, by force; especially, a missile adapted to be shot from a firearm

    Etymology: [Cf. F. projectile.]

  4. Projectile(noun)

    a part of mechanics which treats of the motion, range, time of flight, etc., of bodies thrown or driven through the air by an impelling force

    Etymology: [Cf. F. projectile.]


  1. Projectile

    A projectile is any object projected into space by the exertion of a force. Although any object in motion through space may be referred to as a projectile, the term more commonly refers to a ranged weapon. Mathematical equations of motion are used to analyze projectile trajectory.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. projectile

    A body projected or impelled forward by force, especially through the air. In a limited military sense the term is applied to a body intended to be projected from a cannon by the force of gunpowder, or other explosive agent, to reach, strike, pass through, or destroy a distant object. The materials of which projectiles are usually composed are lead, wrought or cast iron, each possessing advantages according to the circumstances under which they are fired. But the material which combines in a greater degree than any other the essential qualities of hardness, strength, density, and cheapness, is cast iron, which is exclusively used in the U. S. service for large projectiles. Compound projectiles are sometimes made, so as to combine the good and correct the bad qualities of different metals. To obviate the serious results that may arise from the wedging of the flanges of a cast-iron projectile in the grooves of a rifle-cannon, it is frequently covered with a coating of lead or other soft metal. Cast and wrought iron have also been combined with success, and also cast iron and soft metal in such a manner as to attain the strength of one metal and the softness and expansibility of the other. Other metals, such as brass, are also used in projectiles of special construction. Projectiles are generally classified, according to their form, into spherical, or smooth-bore, and oblong, or rifle projectiles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of projectile in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of projectile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of projectile in a Sentence

  1. Alyssa Milano:

    Thank God I have the husband that I have and that we laugh together about everything, [Elizabella] projectile-vomited all over the back of this realtor’s car.

  2. Mario Andrada:

    We haven't yet been able to confirm what kind of projectile hit the bus, we don't want to speculate.

  3. Man Trump:

    You're asking me to choose between projectile vomit and diarrhea.

  4. Sergeant Kevin Halle:

    I was screening the material to be taken out and, looking at the screen, there was a projectile.

  5. James Bevan:

    The investigation team also experienced headaches and nausea when in close proximity to the projectile/agent.

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