antiballistic missile 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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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • antiballistic missile — [an΄tībə lis′tik] n. a missile intended to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile in flight: see GUIDED MISSILE * * * …   Universalium

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  • antiballistic — /an tee beuh lis tik, an tuy /, adj. Mil. designed to detect, intercept, or destroy ballistic missiles: an antiballistic missile. [1955 60; ANTI + BALLISTIC] * * * antiballistic /an ti bə lisˈtik/ adjective (of a missile, etc) designed to destroy …   Useful english dictionary

  • antiballistic missile (ABM) — Weapon designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles. Effective ABM systems have been sought since the Cold War, when the nuclear arms race raised the spectre of complete destruction by unstoppable ballistic missiles. In the late 1960s… …   Universalium

  • antiballistic — /an tee beuh lis tik, an tuy /, adj. Mil. designed to detect, intercept, or destroy ballistic missiles: an antiballistic missile. [1955 60; ANTI + BALLISTIC] * * * …   Universalium

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