- an object fired from a gun with an explosive propelling charge, such as a bullet, shell, rocket, or grenade.
- a body projected or impelled forward, as through the air.
- impelling or driving forward, as a force.
- caused by impulse, as motion.
- capable of being impelled forward, as a missile.
- Zoology. protrusile, as the jaws of a fish.
Origin of projectile
Related Words for projectilerocket, missile, bullet, dart, arrow, torpedo, shell, bomb, shaft, shot, spear, impelling
Examples from the Web for projectile
Historical Examples of projectile
There was a force back of what he said like the force back of the projectile.David Dunne
Belle Kanaris Maniates
Then he picked up another and followed through with a second projectile.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
The Projectile Company has multiplied its 1913 profit thirteen times over!The World in Chains
The great weight of its projectile gave the double cannon its name.
Yet the only basic difference is the kind of energy that sends the projectile on its way.
- an object or body thrown forwards
- any self-propelling missile, esp one powered by a rocket or the rocket itself
- any object that can be fired from a gun, such as a bullet or shell
- capable of being or designed to be hurled forwards
- projecting or thrusting forwards
- zoology another word for protrusile
Word Origin for projectile
1660s, from Modern Latin projectilis, from Latin proiectus, past participle of proicere (see project (n.)). Projectile vomiting attested from 1985.