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guided missile

an aerial missile, as a rocket, steered during its flight by radio signals, clockwork controls, etc.
Origin of guided missile
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We left in darkness and solitude, and if we were seen, it was chalked off as a guided missile.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • But it would take one guided missile to knock down one bomb—with luck.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • Brown, I'd suggest a guided missile at that rocket coming up.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • Things certainly have changed since those early days of strategic atomic bombing and guided missile experiments.

    Double Take Richard Wilson
  • For safety's sake the third was crashed—at the cost of one guided missile—when it had come within 50 miles.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • The B-58's long pod detached itself, became a guided missile and hit the submarine square in the middle.

  • Instantly, the guided missile turned and kept coming toward them.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • "It's the nose of a message missile—dropped from a guided missile," Burl announced.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
  • The Pentagon was debating the development of a Mahon-modified guided missile, and a drone plane was under construction.

    The Machine That Saved The World William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for guided missile

guided missile

a missile, esp one that is rocket-propelled, having a flight path controlled during flight either by radio signals or by internal preset or self-actuating homing devices See also command guidance, field guidance, homing guidance, inertial guidance, terrestrial guidance
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