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Star Wars

a U.S. weapons research program begun in 1984 to explore technologies, including ground- and space-based lasers, for destroying attacking missiles and warheads.
Also called Strategic Defense Initiative. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Star Wars

noun (functioning as sing)
Formal name Strategic Defense Initiative. (in the US) a proposed system of artificial satellites armed with lasers to destroy enemy missiles in space SDI
(modifier; sometimes not capitals) of, relating to, or denoting this system: Star Wars defence, star wars policy
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C20: popularly named after the science fiction film Star Wars (1977) by George Lucas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Star Wars

name of a popular science fiction film released in 1977; also the informal name for a space-based missile defense system proposed in 1983 by U.S. president Ronald Reagan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Star Wars definition

A series of popular science fiction motion pictures created by George Lucas. The first trilogy debuted in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope. The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi followed in the 1980s. Prequels, Episode I: The Phantom Menance and Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, were recently released. The films are noted for combining classic themes of good versus evil with cutting-edge special effects.

Star Wars definition

A popular name, taken from the title of a film, for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) of President Ronald Reagan. “Star Wars” involves the development by the United States of a defense in outer space against intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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