ballistic

adjective bal·lis·tic \ bə-ˈlis-tik \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

Definition of ballistic

1 : 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
2 : of or relating to the science of the motion of projectiles in flight
3 exercise : being or characterized by repeated bouncing
  • ballistic stretching
4 physics, of an object in motion : behaving like a projectile
  • But the Bell Labs switch uses such a low current that the few ballistic electrons are a distance of a micrometer or more apart …
  • —Robert Pool
5 of a material : capable of resisting or stopping bullets or other projectiles
  • ballistic glass
  • ballistic nylon
  • … engineered specifically to be worn under ballistic vests and shirts.
  • —K. M. Reese

ballistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ballistic in a Sentence

  1. she went ballistic when she discovered her sister using her nail polish

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Origin and Etymology of ballistic

Latin ballista

ballistic Synonyms

Antonyms

delighted, pleased;

Phrases

bent out of shape, blue in the face, fit to be tied, hopping mad, hot under the collar, in a fume, in a huff, in a pet;

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