- the forward section of a self-propelled missile, bomb, torpedo, or the like, containing the explosive, chemical, or atomic charge.
Origin of warhead
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Examples from the Web for warhead
As the missile closes on its target the warhead explodes before the missile strikes the airplane.
In this way the missile does not need pinpoint accuracy: widely spread supersonic shrapnel from the warhead is deadly.
Those teams would try to dispose of the stocks of chemical agent before they were poured into a warhead or artillery shell.Obama’s Plan B for Securing Assad’s Chemical Weapons
September 23, 2013
“Many of my South Korean colleagues argue they can put a warhead on a missile and may have done so already,” Bennett says.How Scared Should You Be About North Korea?
April 11, 2013
That about a kilo is at issue in Moldova makes talk of a warhead far off, but it is hardly harmless.A New Nuclear Scare Rocks Eastern Europe
Owen Matthews, Anna Nemtsova
June 30, 2011
Its irregularity weighed against its containing the warhead.
Had the enemy camouflaged the warhead so that it looked like a section of the missile's skin?
Moving the lever, he caused the cross hairs to center on the warhead.
He decided that the most likely event was that the warhead was hidden by one of the other fragments.
"Warhead due in less than four minutes," he called into his mike.First on the Moon
- the part of the fore end of a missile or projectile that contains explosives
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Word Origin and History for warhead
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