Definition of ballistic
1 : of or relating to the science of the motion of projectiles in flight : of or relating to ballistics or to a body in motion according to the laws of ballistics a ballistic object
2 exercise : being or characterized by repeated bouncing ballistic stretching
3 : extremely and usually suddenly excited, upset, or angry : wild He went ballistic when he saw the dent in his car. and the crowd goes ballistic
ballisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of ballistic in a Sentence
she went ballistic when she discovered her sister using her nail polish
Recent Examples of ballistic from the Web
In 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. and the Soviet Union approached the precipice of nuclear war over the Kremlin’s installation of ballistic missiles in Cuba.
Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, said that Tuesday’s shootdown of an intercontinental ballistic missile in a test over the Pacific Ocean showed that the country can handle any missile launches...
The test - the first of its kind involving the GMD against an intercontinental ballistic missile threat - took place over the Pacific Ocean.
And that was before North Korea launched another ballistic missile in violation of UN resolutions early Monday.
Monday’s launch was the third ballistic missile launch by North Korea since South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in was inaugurated on May 10.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Monday that flew 280 miles and appears to have landed inside Japan’s economic zone where fishing and cargo ships are active, the South Korean military and the Japanese government said.
Besides its regular ballistic missile test launches, the North carried out two nuclear tests last year — in January and September.
The ship would mount an S-band radar to detect ballistic missiles and flight deck and hangar for helicopters.
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Origin and Etymology of ballistic
First Known Use: 1764See Words from the same year
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