warhead

[ wawr-hed ]
/ ˈwɔrˌhɛd /

noun

the forward section of a self-propelled missile, bomb, torpedo, or the like, containing the explosive, chemical, or atomic charge.

Origin of warhead

First recorded in 1895–1900; war1 + head
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British Dictionary definitions for warhead

warhead

/ (ˈwɔːˌhɛd) /

noun

the part of the fore end of a missile or projectile that contains explosives
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Word Origin and History for warhead

warhead


n.

1898, "explosive part of a torpedo," from war + head (n.). Later transferred to any missile (1944).

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