cruise missile

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  1. a winged guided missile designed to deliver a conventional or nuclear warhead by flying at low altitudes to avoid detection by radar. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of cruise missile

  • The U.S. campaign in Yemen has used conventional weaponry on occasion: sorties by Harriers and even some cruise-missile strikes.

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    America’s Secret Libya War

    John Barry

    August 30, 2011

  • The cruise-missile attacks were aimed largely at degrading Libya's antiaircraft defenses, which were considerable.

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    Why Libyan War Is America's War

    Stephen L. Carter

    March 22, 2011

British Dictionary definitions for cruise missile

cruise missile

  1. an air-breathing low-flying subsonic missile that is continuously powered and guided throughout its flight and carries a warhead
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cruise missile in Culture

cruise missile

A military missile equipped with an onboard computer that allows it to guide itself on a preprogrammed course over long distances by sensing the terrain and comparing it to maps stored in its memory. (See smart weapons (see also smart weapons).)


Cruise missiles first came into public awareness during the Persian Gulf War.
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