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 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urgently requested more antimissile systems Tuesday, as Russia struck two western Ukrainian areas far from the east, where the fiercest fighting is taking place. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Others are being more seriously considered by Republicans and Democrats in Congress, including providing Ukraine with advanced antimissile systems and drones. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Israel considers the use of drones by its enemies, especially Iran, as a major threat to its security because drones can evade Israel’s advanced antimissile systems like the Iron Dome. Ronen Bergman,, 27 May 2022 Over objections from China, South Korean conservatives also embraced stationing the American antimissile defense system known as Thaad in South Korea in 2017. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The Biden administration has transferred a number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to Saudi Arabia. WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022 As China hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, Chinese media cited the Kyiv Post in reporting that a Ukrainian research institute had supplied antimissile equipment to protect the Games. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 After Sunday’s strikes, a senior administration official confirmed that the United States has transferred a significant number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to help Saudi Arabia thwart the barrage of Houthi drone and missile attacks. Isabel Debre, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2022 Patriot and other antimissile batteries would also have to be deployed to protect U.S. and allied aircraft in the no-fly zone from Russian missile strikes. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of antimissile

1956, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2022

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“Antimissile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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