Definition of "destruct" []

  • The intentional, usually remote-controlled destruction of a space vehicle, rocket, or missile after launching, as for defective performance or reasons of safety. (noun)
  • To destroy intentionally (a rocket or missile) after launch. (verb-transitive)
  • To self-destruct. (verb-intransitive)
  • To destroy (one's own missile or rocket) for safety (verb)

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  • (of a missile or rocket) to be destroyed, for safety, by those controlling it; self-destruct (verb)
  • The act of destructing (noun)
  • Designed to be capable of destroying itself or the object, system, or installation containing it (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "destruct" in a sentence
  • "The GOP's ability to self destruct is breath taking and a pleasurre to watch."
  • "The key to survivable abort from an SRM destruct is to get the Orion outside of the 'hot zone' with margin to spare."
  • "Why an out-of-power party would choose to unilaterally self-destruct is beyond me."