a U.S. weapons research program begun in 1984 to explore technologies, including ground- and space-based lasers, for destroying attacking missiles and warheads.
Also called Strategic Defense Initiative.
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British Dictionary definitions for star wars
noun (functioning as singular)
Formal name: Strategic Defense Initiative (in the US) a proposed system of artificial satellites armed with lasers to destroy enemy missiles in spaceAbbreviation: SDI
(modifier; sometimes not capitals) of, relating to, or denoting this systemStar Wars defence; star wars policy
Word Origin for Star Wars
C20: popularly named after the science fiction film Star Wars (1977) by George Lucas
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Word Origin and History for star wars
name of a popular science fiction film released in 1977; also the informal name for a space-based missile defense system proposed in 1983 by U.S. president Ronald Reagan.
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A series of popular science fiction motion pictures created by George Lucas. The first trilogy debuted in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope. The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi followed in the 1980s. Prequels, Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, were recently released. The films are noted for combining classic themes of good versus evil with cutting-edge special effects.
A popular name, taken from the title of a film, for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) of President Ronald Reagan. “Star Wars” involves the development by the United States of a defense in outer space against intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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