intercontinental ballistic missile
ballistic missile al*lis"tic mis`sile, n. A rocket-propelled missile of long range which is guided only during the powered portion of its flight, which usually takes only a small part of the total flight time; -- contrasted with {guided missile}.

Note: Ballistic missiles are sometimes referred to by their range, such as an

{intercontinental ballistic missile} ({ICBM}) or an

{intermediate range ballistic missile} ({IRBM}). [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Intercontinental ballistic missile —   [ ɪntəkɔntɪ nentl bə lɪstɪk mɪsaɪl, englisch], ICBM …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Intercontinental ballistic missile — An intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, is a long range (greater than 5,500 km or 3,500 miles) ballistic missile typically designed for nuclear weapons delivery, that is, delivering one or more nuclear warheads. Due to their great range… …   Wikipedia

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  • intercontinental ballistic missile — noun a ballistic missile with a range which permits it to travel from one continent to another. Abbrev.: ICBM …   Australian English dictionary

  • intercontinental ballistic missile — any supersonic missile that has a range of at least 3500 nautical mi. (6500 km) and follows a ballistic trajectory after a powered, guided launching. Abbr.: ICBM, I.C.B.M. [1955 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • intercontinental ballistic missile — intercontinen′tal ballis′tic mis′sile n. rkt any supersonic missile that has a range of at least 3500 nautical mi. (6500 km) and follows a ballistic trajectory after a powered, guided launching Abbr.: ICBM • Etymology: 1955–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • intercontinental ballistic missile — noun A class of long range missiles associated especially with carrying nuclear warheads. Abbreviation: ICBM …   Wiktionary

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