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ballistic

[ buh-lis-tik ]
/ bəˈlɪs tɪk /
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adjective
of or relating to ballistics.
having its motion determined or describable by the laws of exterior ballistics.
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Idioms about ballistic

    go ballistic, Informal. to become overwrought or irrational: went ballistic over the idea of a tax hike.

Origin of ballistic

First recorded in 1765–75; ballist(a) + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM ballistic

bal·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for ballistic

ballistic
/ (bəˈlɪstɪk) /

adjective
of or relating to ballistics
denoting or relating to the flight of projectiles after power has been cut off, moving under their own momentum and the external forces of gravity and air resistance
(of a measurement or measuring instrument) depending on a brief impulse or current that causes a movement related to the quantity to be measureda ballistic pendulum
go ballistic informal to become enraged or frenziedly violent
(of materials) strong enough to resist damage by projectile weaponsballistic nylon

Derived forms of ballistic

ballistically, adverb
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ballistic

ballistic

see go ballistic.

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