ballistic missile


Definition of ballistic missile 

: a missile guided in the ascent of a high-arch trajectory and freely falling in the descent

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And in the decade since China shot down its weather satellite in 2007, Beijing has launched multiple ballistic missile tests that extended into orbit. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 That was when North Korea conducted its third intercontinental ballistic missile test, launching a rocket believed to have the capability of striking anywhere in the United States. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "We've come a long way since "Little Rocket Man"," 12 June 2018 Officers from the 91st Missile Wing Security Forces team misplaced the ammunition—meant for an MK 19 automatic grenade launcher—on May 1 while moving between two intercontinental ballistic missile sites. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Security News This Week: California Charges Owners of With Extortion," 19 May 2018 Trump’s lead role in escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea created mass hysteria in Hawaii when an emergency message was sent in error about a ballistic missile threat. Allyson Hobbs, The Root, "After 1 Year of Trump, America Is Losing Its Soul," 20 Jan. 2018 Last year, Trump huddled with advisers at Mar-a-Lago after North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Has Trump turned Air Force One into a perk for Mar-a-Lago members?," 9 July 2018 One of Trump's chief complaints was the Iran deal focused only on its nuclear program, not its ballistic missiles or support for terrorist groups. Matt Stiles,, "Trump and Kim both want 'denuclearization' but disagree on what that means," 2 June 2018 In a March 1, 2018 speech before Russia's Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed new strategic weapons being developed to counter United States ballistic missile defenses. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 Under Trump’s tenure, there have been nine missile launches, at least two involving intercontinental ballistic missiles, a major breakthrough, and its largest nuclear weapons test. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Pompeo travels to North Korea at critical juncture in nuclear talks," 5 July 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ballistic missile

: a weapon that is shot through the sky over a great distance and then falls to the ground and explodes

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evasion of direct action or statement

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