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.

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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 Such a tactic, if successfully developed, would help warheads dodge antimissile interceptors. Helene Cooper And Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "U.S. Test of Missile Interceptor Fails Off Hawaiian Coast, Officials Say," 31 Jan. 2018 The main purpose of this unusual delivery method seems to be bypassing any possible antimissile defences. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "4 Ways Russia's Military Is More Advanced Than You Might Think," 25 Nov. 2015 Its military routinely obliterates opposing forces with fighter jets, antimissile batteries and newfangled tunnel-destroying tools. New York Times, "Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy," 13 May 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin has rallied support among Russians, boasting of a nuclear arsenal that could penetrate even the U.S. antimissile defenses. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "After Expulsions, Options Dwindle in Russia and West’s ‘Diplomatic War’," 30 Mar. 2018

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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