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missile meaning

EN[ˈmɪsaɪl] [-ɪsaɪl] [ˈmɪsəl] [-ɪsəl]
WMissile
  • In modern military usage, a missile, or guided missile, is a self-propelled precision-guided munition system, as opposed to an unguided self-propelled munition, referred to as a rocket.
  • In ordinary British-English usage predating guided weapons, a missile is "any thrown object", such as objects thrown at players by rowdy spectators at a sporting event.
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    Definition of missile in English Dictionary

  • NounPLmissilesPREmis-SUF-ile
    1. Any object used as a weapon to hit the enemy or prey through the air, such as stone, arrow or bullet.
      1. The Rhodians, who used leaden bullets, were able to project their missiles twice as far as the Persian slingers, who used large stones.
    2. (military) A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after having been launched.
      1. That missile is explosive enough to kill hundreds.
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • As things turned out, all the enemy missiles were destroyed in flight -- two were hit very early after launch by an airborne laser system -- and a Sophie's choice was averted."
      • “We will have to retarget our missiles on the objects that we think threaten our national security,” he said.
    2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
      • The pilot zeroed in and launched the guided missile.
      • The pilot zeroed in on the bunker and launched a guided missile.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Nouns
      • Countable nouns
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    1. fr missile
    2. en missiles
    3. fr missiles
    4. en missilery
    5. en missileer
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    Grammatically, this word "missile" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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