an·​ti·​mis·​sile | \ ˌan-tē-ˈmi-səl How to pronounce antimissile (audio) , ˌan-tī-, chiefly British -ˌsīl\
variants: or anti-missile

Definition of antimissile

: designed as a defense against missiles The military is worried that it lacks an adequate antimissile system …— John Barry et al.

Examples of antimissile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russia also wants the withdrawal of U.S. troops and antimissile defenses from Europe. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Seeks to Temper Expectations Ahead of Putin Summit," 15 July 2018 That makes them virtually unstoppable for the existing American antimissile systems in Alaska and California, which are designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missile warheads in space, traveling a largely predictable path. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "U.S. Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians," 12 Aug. 2019 China has a stranglehold on the world’s supply of rare-earth metals—elements vital to every aspect of modern technology from display screens to antimissile systems. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Recycling Efforts May Undermine China’s Rare-Earth Monopoly," 27 July 2019 China has long combined its economic and political priorities, using trade as a weapon in recent years in territorial disputes with Japan and the Philippines and to protest South Korea’s installation of an antimissile system. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Japan Cites ‘National Security’ in Free Trade Crackdown. Sound Familiar?," 15 July 2019 The media pilloried Reagan’s antimissile research program, the Strategic Defense Initiative. Roger Kimball, WSJ, "When Reagan Met Lenin," 30 May 2018 The sale of antimissile systems to stop Houthi missile attacks would be allowed under the bill. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Analysis: Path Grows Rockier for Trump’s Saudi Policy," 18 Nov. 2018 Recently, however, Moscow has signed contracts to supply its southern neighbor with more natural gas, a nuclear power plant and an advanced antimissile shield. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Shifts Toward Russia as Sanctions Sour U.S. Relations," 14 Aug. 2018 Korean car makers were similarly hit when the country decided to install an antimissile defense system. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "How China Can Retaliate Beyond Tariffs," 19 June 2018

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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