noun (usually used with a singular verb)
- ballistic galvanometer,
- ballistic missile,
- ballistic pendulum,
- ballistic trajectory,
- ballistic wind,
Origin of ballistics
Examples from the Web for ballistics
He admitted in court that he was not a pathologist, and that he did not have any formal training in ballistics or sound.Disastrous Turn By Star Witness For Pistorius Defense|Kelly Berold|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As he puts it in terms that could apply to ballistics, he is “plotting an arc of motions that plotted me.”Joseph McElroy’s ‘Cannonball’ Is the Meta Iraq War Novel|Tom LeClair|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But DiMaio, with his ballistics and forensic credentials, may have been more persuasive.
To be sure, there are professorships, and ballistics experts in the Navy, but these aren't actually all that well paid.
(The cases were linked through DNA and ballistics evidence).Hunt for L.A.’s ‘Teardrop Rapist’ May Hinge on Familial DNA Testing|Christine Pelisek|June 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A ballistics man from Ranger crime-lab followed him to the stand and testified that it had been fired from Longfellow's Colt.
May I congratulate you, Mr. Morrison, on this interesting achievement in ballistics?Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
Forensic, having to do with the law; ballistics, the science of projectiles.The Arrow of Fire|Roy J. Snell
What experience have you had in, say, the field of ballistics?Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Finally, the ballistics expert was brought back to the stand again, to link the two by means of fragments found in the car.
1753, "art of throwing; science of projectiles," with -ics + Latin ballista "ancient military machine for hurling stones," from Greek ballistes, from ballein "to throw, to throw so as to hit," also in a looser sense, "to put, place, lay;" from PIE root *gwele- "to throw, reach," in extended senses "to pierce" (cf. Sanskrit apa-gurya "swinging," balbaliti "whirls, twirls;" Greek bole "a throw, beam, ray," belemnon "dart, javelin," belone "needle"). Here, too, probably belongs Greek ballizein "to dance," literally "to throw one's body," ancient Greek dancing being highly athletic.