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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

Full Definition of trajectory

plural tra·jec·to·ries

  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

  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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