air-to-air missile
Missile Mis"sile, n. [L. missile.] 1. A weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projected, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet. [1913 Webster]

2. A rocket-propelled device designed to fly through the air and deliver a warhead of explosive materials to a target. [PJC]

Note: Numerous types of rocket-propelled missile[2] are now used in modern warfare. Some types with names indicating their range or function are: {antiaircraft missile}; {ballistic missile}; {cruise missile}; {antiballistic missile missile}; {air-to-air missile}; {air-to-ground missile}; {guided missile}; {intercontinental ballistic missile} (IBM); {intermediate range ballistic missile} (IRBM); {surface-to-air missile}.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • air-to-ground missile — Missile Mis sile, n. [L. missile.] 1. A weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projected, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet. [1913 Webster] 2. A rocket propelled device designed to fly through the air and deliver a warhead of explosive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Air-to-surface missile — An air to surface missile (also, air to ground missile, AGM, ASM or ATGM) is a missile designed to be launched from military aircraft (bombers, attack aircraft, fighter aircraft or other kinds) and strike ground targets on land, at sea, or both.… …   Wikipedia

  • air-to-surface missile — /ɛə tə ˈsɜfəs mɪsaɪl/ (say air tuh serfuhs misuyl) noun a missile, usually guided, designed to be fired from an aircraft at a target on the ground. Also, air to ground missile …   Australian English dictionary

  • air-to-ground missile — noun a missile designed to be launched from an airplane at a target on the ground • Syn: ↑air to surface missile • Hypernyms: ↑missile …   Useful english dictionary

  • air-to-surface missile — noun a missile designed to be launched from an airplane at a target on the ground (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑air to ground missile • Hypernyms: ↑missile …   Useful english dictionary

  • air to ground missile — missile which is launched from the air and intended to strike a target on the ground …   English contemporary dictionary

  • air-to-ground missile — missile which is launched from the air and intended to strike a target on the ground …   English contemporary dictionary

  • air-to-sea missile — missile which is launched from the air and intended to strike a target at sea …   English contemporary dictionary

  • air-to-air — adjective operating between or launched from or involving rockets or aircraft in flight air to air missiles air to air communications • Ant: ↑surface to air, ↑air to surface * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adverb (or adjective) : from one aircraft to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • air-to-air — /air tooh air , teuh /, adj. 1. operating between airborne objects, esp. aircraft: air to air missiles; air to air communication. adv. 2. from one aircraft, missile, or the like, to another while in flight: They refueled air to air. [1940 45] * * …   Universalium

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