I. adjective Etymology: Latin missilis, from mittere to throw, send Date: 1611 1. capable of being thrown or projected to strike a distant object 2. adapted for throwing or hurling missiles II. noun Date: circa 1656 an object (as a weapon) thrown or projected usually so as to strike something at a distance <
stones, artillery shells, bullets, and rockets are missiles
: as a. guided missile b. ballistic missile

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