any missile that, after being launched and possibly guided during takeoff, travels unpowered in a ballistic trajectory.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of ballistic missile
First recorded in 1950–55
Words nearby ballistic missile
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British Dictionary definitions for ballistic missile
a missile that has no wings or fins and that follows a ballistic trajectory when its propulsive power is discontinued
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