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throw weight

or throwweight

the lifting power, or payload maximum, of a ballistic missile exclusive of the weight of the rocket itself, and including the weight of the warhead or warheads and of guidance and penetration systems; ballistic delivery power:
larger Soviet missiles with a throw weight of up to 20 megatons.
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First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The petitioners proposed a measure that evidently tended to throw weight into a scale which preponderated too much already.

  • A slight lifting of the left heel will lessen the tendency to throw weight on that foot.

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British Dictionary definitions for throw weight

throw weight

the maximum weight of supplementary mechanisms that can be lifted by the boost stages of a particular missile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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