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trajectory

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noun tra·jec·to·ry \trə-ˈjek-t(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of trajectory

  • : the curved path along which something (such as a rocket) moves through the air or through space

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trajectory

plural trajectories

  1. 1 :  the curve that a body (as a planet or comet in its orbit or a rocket) describes in space

  2. 2 :  a path, progression, or line of development resembling a physical trajectory <an upward career trajectory>

Examples of trajectory in a sentence

  1. the trajectory of the missile



Origin of trajectory

New Latin trajectoria, from feminine of trajectorius of passing, from Latin traicere to cause to cross, cross, from trans-, tra- trans- + jacere to throw — more at jet


First Known Use: 1696

Rhymes with trajectory



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