- capable of being thrown, hurled, or shot, as from the hand or a gun.
- used or designed for discharging missiles.
Origin of missile
Examples from the Web for missile
The reason pilots would choose to use guns over a bomb or a missile is simple.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
We know that the skies are open season for all manner of drone traffic, from missile launchers to beer droppers.Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords
December 26, 2014
In the later stages of the war, the American-made Stinger missile was introduced and wreaked havoc among the Soviet helicopters.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
Like boxers, every missile has a reach, a range, a limit to how far it can hit.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets
December 4, 2014
The missile fell back to earth after just 40 seconds in the air.Ashton Carter, the Wonk Who Would Lead the Pentagon
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 2, 2014
He heard the bullets and every form of missile from the cannon whining all about them.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Had he remained where he was the missile would have passed him harmlessly.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
I was glad that my missile had been thrown away,—that he had not even heard the twang of the bow.Lord Jim
Litton cried, raising the only missile he could find, an inkstand.In a Little Town
The words were flung like a missile into the face of the brute.Peak and Prairie
- any object or weapon that is thrown at a target or shot from an engine, gun, etc
- a rocket-propelled weapon that flies either in a fixed trajectory (ballistic missile) or in a trajectory that can be controlled during flight (guided missile)
- (as modifier)a missile carrier
Word Origin and History for missile
"thing thrown or discharged as a weapon," is 1650s, from missile (adj.), 1610s, "capable of being thrown," chiefly in phrase missile weapon, from French missile and directly from Latin missilis "that may be thrown or hurled" (also, in plural, as a noun, "weapons that can be thrown, darts, javelins"), from missus "a throwing, hurling," past participle of mittere "to send" (see mission). Sense of "self-propelled rocket or bomb" is first recorded 1738; the modern remote guidance projectile so called from 1945.