- go ballistic, Informal. to become overwrought or irrational: went ballistic over the idea of a tax hike.
Origin of ballistic
Examples from the Web for ballistic
Russia is also working on new a fleet of ballistic missile submarines, attack submarines to operate under the ice caps.Russia Preps Its North Pole Invasion
November 8, 2014
What is basically being attempted is a ballistic, sub-orbital flight, like a ride atop a short-range missile.Branson’s Galactic Obstacles: Tom Bower Puts a Damper on Virgin’s Space Flight Dreams
January 30, 2014
Police arrested Lonnie Franklin Jr. in the summer of 2010, when DNA and ballistic evidence linked him to the slayings.LAPD Launches Manhunt for Prolific Serial ‘Teardrop Rapist’
April 25, 2012
Sanctions failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to deliver them.Iran and the Sanctions Trap
Stephen L. Carter
July 31, 2011
From a ballistic standpoint this cartridge was virtually obsolete.America's Munitions 1917-1918
As for the ballistic properties of the piece, they are very remarkable.
One was the determination of the288 velocity of a bullet fired from a rifle into a Robins ballistic pendulum.Lord Kelvin
Rifle and ballistic pendulums on the northeast, and the steam boiler house on the northwest portions.History of the Confederate Powder Works
Geo. W. Rains
This cannon (Fig. 2) is similar to that used in the ballistic pendulum.
- of or relating to ballistics
- denoting or relating to the flight of projectiles after power has been cut off, moving under their own momentum and the external forces of gravity and air resistance
- (of a measurement or measuring instrument) depending on a brief impulse or current that causes a movement related to the quantity to be measureda ballistic pendulum
- go ballistic informal to become enraged or frenziedly violent
- (of materials) strong enough to resist damage by projectile weaponsballistic nylon
Word Origin and History for ballistic
1775, "pertaining to thrown objects," ultimately from Greek ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Of rockets or missiles (ones that are guided while under propulsion, but fall freely), from 1949. Ballistic missile first attested 1954; they attain extreme heights, hence figurative expression go ballistic (1981) "become irrationally angry."
Idioms and Phrases with ballistic
see go ballistic.