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warhead

[wawr-hed] /ˈwɔrˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the forward section of a self-propelled missile, bomb, torpedo, or the like, containing the explosive, chemical, or atomic charge.
Origin of warhead
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; war1 + head
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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

warhead

/ˈwɔːˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the part of the fore end of a missile or projectile that contains explosives
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Word Origin and History for warhead
n.

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

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