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intercontinental ballistic missile

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  1. any supersonic missile that has a range of at least 3500 nautical miles (6500 km) and follows a ballistic trajectory after a powered, guided launching. Abbreviation: ICBM, I.C.B.M.

Origin of intercontinental ballistic missile

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for intercontinental ballistic missile

intercontinental ballistic missile

  1. a missile that follows a ballistic trajectory and has the range to carry a nuclear bomb over 5500 kmAbbreviation: ICBM
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intercontinental ballistic missile in Culture

intercontinental ballistic missile

A missile with a long range (five thousand miles or more) that carries nuclear warheads and can be launched from the ground or from submarines. (See also MIRV.)

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