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[wawr-hed] /ˈwɔrˌhɛd/
the forward section of a self-propelled missile, bomb, torpedo, or the like, containing the explosive, chemical, or atomic charge.
Origin of warhead
First recorded in 1895-1900; war1 + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Its irregularity weighed against its containing the warhead.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • Had the enemy camouflaged the warhead so that it looked like a section of the missile's skin?

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • He decided that the most likely event was that the warhead was hidden by one of the other fragments.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • Moving the lever, he caused the cross hairs to center on the warhead.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • Would he have had the courage to drive the satelloid into the warhead?

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
British Dictionary definitions for warhead


the part of the fore end of a missile or projectile that contains explosives
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for warhead

1898, "explosive part of a torpedo," from war + head (n.). Later transferred to any missile (1944).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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