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Definition of "ballistic" []

  • Of or relating to the study of the dynamics of projectiles. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the study of the internal action of firearms. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to projectiles, their motion, or their effects. (adjective)
  • Go ballistic Slang To become very angry or irrational. (idiom)

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 "ballistic" in a sentence
  • "The effect, which we term ballistic spin resonance, is driven by the free motion of electrons that bounce at frequencies of tens of gigahertz in micrometre-scale channels of a two-dimensional electron gas."
  • "I use it for varmints with 70 grain ballistic tips (shoots them a little better than the lighter faster 55grainers) and use it for deer and such with 100 grain corelockts."
  • "What has the Reichwhiners going ballistic is that President Obama jumped to immediate, decisive, action."