an·​ti·​mis·​sile ˌan-tē-ˈmi-səl How to pronounce antimissile (audio)
 chiefly British  -ˌsīl
variants or anti-missile
: 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 Perfect for sending to the South and evading antimissile systems. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 Explosions were heard in several areas as Israel’s Iron Dome — its extensive antimissile defense system — intercepted many of the projectiles. Hazem Balousha, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 Most of the rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted by an Israeli antimissile defense system or caused minimal damage. New York Times, 20 May 2021 Cruise missiles, smart munitions, stealth aircraft, the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System reconnaissance aircraft, antimissile missiles, and vast tactical and command-and-control networks all registered blows on the Iraqi military. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Nov. 2014 More than 1,000 rockets had been fired from Gaza by Wednesday night, most of them intercepted by an antimissile defense system, the Israeli military said. New York Times, 12 May 2021 President Obama signed an arms treaty that put Russia at an advantage and canceled the deployment of antimissile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic, as Mr. Putin demanded. Bernard-Henri Lévy, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2023 But because Ukraine is not a NATO member,NATO does not keep antimissile defenses or nuclear weapons there. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Ford and ships like it have a battery of antimissile defenses, but none are capable of protecting it in a prolonged battle against China’s latest weapons. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antimissile was in 1946

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“Antimissile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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