antiballistic missile

an·​ti·​bal·​lis·​tic missile | \ ˌan-tē-bə-ˈli-stik-, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antiballistic missile (audio) \

Definition of antiballistic missile

: a missile for intercepting and destroying ballistic missiles

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Recent Examples on the Web Russian military hardware, including antiballistic missile systems, now sit on the soil of Turkey and Greece (both NATO members), as well as in Iran and Syria; America’s regional partner Saudi Arabia recently agreed to buy such systems too. Kathryn E. Stoner, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2020 The diplomat, Aleksei Karpov, Russia’s envoy to international organizations in Vienna, blamed the United States for setting Russia on the path to developing a new device by withdrawing from an antiballistic missile treaty over 15 years ago. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2019 Even the installation of Thaad, an antiballistic missile defense system the U.S. recently sent to South Korea, has provoked controversy in the country, where many are old enough to remember the trauma of the Korean War. Paul Sonne, WSJ, 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of antiballistic missile

circa 1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Antiballistic missile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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