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 Back then, South Korean companies suffered boycotts in China when Seoul embraced a plan to deploy the U.S. antimissile system — known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad. Washington Post, "K-pop boy band BTS faces boycott calls in China over Korean War comment," 13 Oct. 2020 Commanders are still rushing more Patriot antimissile batteries and other weaponry into Iraq, but are still a week or two away from having the additional defensive systems in place there, a senior U.S. military official said. Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, "Pentagon Order to Plan for Escalation in Iraq Meets Warning From Top Commander," 27 Mar. 2020 During tests, the U.S. antimissile defense system was successful only 10 out of 19 times. Kevin O’kelly, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Bomb’ offers a chilling reminder of the dangerous futility of nuclear war," 7 Apr. 2020 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

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Antimissile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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