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missile

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adjective mis·sile \ˈmi-səl, chiefly British -ˌsīl\

Definition of missile

  1. 1 :  capable of being thrown or projected to strike a distant object

  2. 2 :  adapted for throwing or hurling missiles



Origin of missile

Latin missilis, from mittere to throw, send


First Known Use: 1611

Rhymes with missile


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missile

noun mis·sile

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of missile

  1. :  an object (as a weapon) thrown or projected usually so as to strike something at a distance <stones, artillery shells, bullets, and rockets are missiles>: as a :  guided missile b :  ballistic missile

Circa 1656

First Known Use of missile

circa 1656



MISSILE Defined for Kids

missile

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noun mis·sile \ˈmi-səl\

Definition of missile for Students

  1. :  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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