Definition of "missile" []

  • An object or weapon that is fired, thrown, dropped, or otherwise projected at a target; a projectile. (noun)
  • A guided missile. (noun)
  • A ballistic missile. (noun)
  • Any object or weapon that is thrown at a target or shot from an engine, gun, etc (noun)

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  • A rocket-propelled weapon that flies either in a fixed trajectory (ballistic missile) or in a trajectory that can be controlled during flight (guided missile) (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "missile" in a sentence
  • "Those reports included an analysis of Soviet missile strength that contradicted John F. Kennedy’s “missile gap” rhetoric or the debunking of Lyndon Johnson’s assumptions about the effectiveness of bombing in Vietnam."
  • "Cornelio also cautioned the use of the term missile, saying that word suggests the launch of a weapon, which can't be confirmed."
  • "STARR: Well, to be clear, what U.S. officials are saying across the administration is when they look at the imagery now, they see what they call a missile body, the Typo Dong II."