a winged guided missile designed to deliver a conventional or nuclear warhead by flying at low altitudes to avoid detection by radar.
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How to use cruise missile in a sentence
When the United States and its cruise missiles arrived, major construction started at the base.How Bentley took over and transformed a World War II air base | Kristen Lee/The Drive | September 17, 2021 | Popular-Science
North Korea has built cruise missiles before, but none with the range of the weapons in their weekend test.How North Korea’s cruise missiles could surprise its enemies | Kelsey D. Atherton | September 15, 2021 | Popular-Science
These troops are joined by a steady increase in warplanes, attack helicopters, tanks, cruise missiles and all the other matériel necessary for a conventional invasion.Russia Is Murdering the Kremlin's Biggest Critic in Plain Sight. Who Will Save Alexei Navalny? | Michael Weiss | April 22, 2021 | Time
Its 24 heavyweight weapons, naval cruise missiles, F21 torpedoes, and anti-ship missiles, would be launched from both torpedo tubes on the sides and at the rear of the vessel.Electric propulsion makes this French submarine concept extra sneaky | Christina Mackenzie | November 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
Ships bells, submarine periscopes, cruise missiles and huge Civil War guns are among them.Giant anchors, wrecked boats and a ‘Liberty’ clock: Inside the storage site for Navy museum | Michael Ruane | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
The decision to rebuild the nuclear triad includes a new long-range cruise missile.America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine | Bill Sweetman | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He also warned that cruise missile strikes on Hezbollah forces in Syria would invite a response.
And how much better will Americans feel if a cruise missile hits an apartment building?
The U.S. campaign in Yemen has used conventional weaponry on occasion: sorties by Harriers and even some cruise-missile strikes.
Bin Laden benefited enormously from surviving the cruise missile attack that targeted him in 1998.
The cruise missile production which will begin next year will modernize our strategic air deterrent.
British Dictionary definitions for cruise missile
an air-breathing low-flying subsonic missile that is continuously powered and guided throughout its flight and carries a warhead
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Cultural definitions for cruise missile
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