ballistic missile

noun
plural ballistic missiles

Definition of ballistic missile

: a usually rocket-powered missile that is launched in a high arc under guidance for its ascent but that is unpowered and unguided once it begins its descent — compare cruise missile, guided missile

Examples of ballistic missile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On one level, the idea that an environmental impact report is needed for a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) seems bizarre. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2022 The scheduled test launch was a first supporting the development of the Air Force’s new Mk21A re-entry vehicle that will be used on the future LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile, according to officials. Fox News, 7 July 2022 By the time the nightly curfew lifted a few hours later, residents woke to the news that an Iskander, a short-range Russian ballistic missile, had slammed dramatically but harmlessly into a field behind a hotel and a vocational school. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Last month, Pyongyang test-fired the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile which is believed to be capable of targeting the U.S. mainland. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 The Russians used an SS-21 short-range ballistic missile in the attack, according to a senior Defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence assessments. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a statement via Facebook that a Tochka-U short-range ballistic missile was used in Friday's attack. Morgan Winsor And, ABC News, 8 Apr. 2022 This year, North Korea has conducted 10 weapons tests, including two of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, Hwasong-17. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 15 Mar. 2022 An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps military personnel stands under the Iranian solid-propelled road-mobile single-stage missile, Zolfaghar Basir (top) and Dezful medium-range ballistic missile in a military exhibition, Tehran, Jan. 7. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ballistic missile

1950, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2022

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“Ballistic missile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ballistic%20missile. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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