[ pruh-jek-til, -tahyl ]
/ prəˈdʒɛk tɪl, -taɪl /


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

1655–65; <New Latin, neuter of prōjectilis (adj.) projecting. See project, -ile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for projectile

/ (prəˈdʒɛktaɪl) /


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

C17: from New Latin prōjectilis jutting forwards
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