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

Definition of MISSILE

:  capable of being thrown or projected to strike a distant object
:  adapted for throwing or hurling missiles

Origin of MISSILE

Latin missilis, from mittere to throw, send
First Known Use: 1611



: an object that is thrown, shot, or launched as a weapon; especially : a rocket that explodes when it hits a distant target

Full Definition of MISSILE

:  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

First Known Use of MISSILE

circa 1656

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with MISSILE


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