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ballistic missile

noun, Rocketry.
any missile that, after being launched and possibly guided during takeoff, travels unpowered in a ballistic trajectory.
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First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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ballistic missile

a missile that has no wings or fins and that follows a ballistic trajectory when its propulsive power is discontinued
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