Origin of missile
Examples from the Web for missile
The reason pilots would choose to use guns over a bomb or a missile is simple.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We know that the skies are open season for all manner of drone traffic, from missile launchers to beer droppers.
In the later stages of the war, the American-made Stinger missile was introduced and wreaked havoc among the Soviet helicopters.
Like boxers, every missile has a reach, a range, a limit to how far it can hit.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The missile fell back to earth after just 40 seconds in the air.Ashton Carter, the Wonk Who Would Lead the Pentagon|Shane Harris, Tim Mak|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lily tossed the missile into the other girl's lap, for she was too eager to open her own two letters to cause any further delay.The Girl Scouts' Good Turn|Edith Lavell
Moreover, the discharge of this missile is a far more complicated undertaking than is generally supposed.The Victory At Sea|William Sowden Sims
One missile knocked from its tail a few long feathers, which drifted slowly down on the heads of the people.Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales|George Bird Grinnell
This could have been produced by a missile entering in the ordinary fashion, undisturbed, undistorted.Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Missile after missile shot accurately out at the attackers and retaliation was well nigh impossible.A Son of the City|Herman Gastrell Seely
British Dictionary definitions for missile
- a rocket-propelled weapon that flies either in a fixed trajectory (ballistic missile) or in a trajectory that can be controlled during flight (guided missile)
- (as modifier)a missile carrier
Word Origin for missile
Word Origin and History for missile
"thing thrown or discharged as a weapon," is 1650s, from missile (adj.), 1610s, "capable of being thrown," chiefly in phrase missile weapon, from French missile and directly from Latin missilis "that may be thrown or hurled" (also, in plural, as a noun, "weapons that can be thrown, darts, javelins"), from missus "a throwing, hurling," past participle of mittere "to send" (see mission). Sense of "self-propelled rocket or bomb" is first recorded 1738; the modern remote guidance projectile so called from 1945.