Origin of missile
Latin missilis, from mittere to throw, send
First Known Use: 1611
Simple Definition of missile
: an object that is thrown, shot, or launched as a weapon; especially : a rocket that explodes when it hits a distant target
First Known Use of missile
MISSILE Defined for Kids
Definition of missile
: an object (as a stone, arrow, bullet, or rocket) that is dropped, thrown, shot, or launched usually so as to strike something at a distance
Word Root of missile
The Latin word mittere, meaning “to send,” and its form missus give us the roots mit and miss. Words from the Latin mittere have something to do with sending. A missile is an object, such as a bullet, arrow, or rocket, that is sent through the air so as to hit a target. To emit is to send forth or give out. To omit, or leave out, is to send away so as to not be included. To permit, or allow, is to send something through without stopping it.
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