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[pruh-jek-til, -tahyl] /prəˈdʒɛk tɪl, -taɪl/
an object fired from a gun with an explosive propelling charge, such as a bullet, shell, rocket, or grenade.
a body projected or impelled forward, as through the air.
impelling or driving forward, as a force.
caused by impulse, as motion.
capable of being impelled forward, as a missile.
Zoology. protrusile, as the jaws of a fish.
Origin of projectile
1655-65; < New Latin, neuter of prōjectilis (adj.) projecting. See project, -ile Unabridged
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  • The projectile had entered the chest, and slanting upwards, had burst among the vitals, reducing them to a gory pulp.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • And the projectile, Mr Barlow, are you prepared to undertake that also?

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • You will note that the rudder slides into the rear end of the projectile so that none of it extends out.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
  • There was a force back of what he said like the force back of the projectile.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Now, this projectile is a perfectly black, non-reflecting object five feet wide.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
  • Then he picked up another and followed through with a second projectile.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • So there would be no trouble in speeding the projectile directly out of the shop.

    Through Space to Mars Roy Rockwood
  • Our 'scopes on the Cometara had not been able to locate the projectile.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • A projectile from a rifled gun in the fleet got to tumbling "end over end" in the air.

  • But will you permit me to suggest that we are soaring before the projectile is built?

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
British Dictionary definitions for projectile


an object or body thrown forwards
any self-propelling missile, esp one powered by a rocket or the rocket itself
any object that can be fired from a gun, such as a bullet or shell
capable of being or designed to be hurled forwards
projecting or thrusting forwards
(zoology) another word for protrusile
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin prōjectilis jutting forwards
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Word Origin and History for projectile

1660s, from Modern Latin projectilis, from Latin proiectus, past participle of proicere (see project (n.)). Projectile vomiting attested from 1985.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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