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warhead

[wawr-hed]
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noun
  1. the forward section of a self-propelled missile, bomb, torpedo, or the like, containing the explosive, chemical, or atomic charge.
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Origin of warhead

First recorded in 1895–1900; war1 + head
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  • Its irregularity weighed against its containing the warhead.

    Pushbutton War

    Joseph P. Martino

  • Had the enemy camouflaged the warhead so that it looked like a section of the missile's skin?

    Pushbutton War

    Joseph P. Martino

  • Moving the lever, he caused the cross hairs to center on the warhead.

    Pushbutton War

    Joseph P. Martino

  • He decided that the most likely event was that the warhead was hidden by one of the other fragments.

    Pushbutton War

    Joseph P. Martino

  • "Warhead due in less than four minutes," he called into his mike.


British Dictionary definitions for warhead

warhead

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

n.

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

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