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Definition of "ballistics" [bal•lis•tics]

  • The study of the dynamics of projectiles. (noun)
  • The study of the flight characteristics of projectiles. (noun)
  • The study of the functioning of firearms. (noun)
  • The study of the firing, flight, and effects of ammunition. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or engaging in the study of ballistics: a ballistics lab; ballistics experts. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ballistics" in a sentence
  • "Whether that will have a noticeable effect on downrange ballistics is not something I've studied."
  • "Makes you wonder why ballistics is made out to be "rocket science" ..."
  • "Fast forward several weeks and much heart-ache and I learned a rather expensive lesson in ballistics and caveat emptor."