ballistic missile


noun Rocketry.

any missile that, after being launched and possibly guided during takeoff, travels unpowered in a ballistic trajectory.

Nearby words

  1. ballismus,
  2. ballista,
  3. ballistic,
  4. ballistic camera,
  5. ballistic galvanometer,
  6. ballistic pendulum,
  7. ballistic trajectory,
  8. ballistic wind,
  9. ballistics,
  10. ballistite

Origin of ballistic missile

First recorded in 1950–55

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British Dictionary definitions for ballistic missile

ballistic missile

noun

a missile that has no wings or fins and that follows a ballistic trajectory when its propulsive power is discontinued
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