bal·​lis·​tics | \ bə-ˈli-stiks How to pronounce ballistics (audio) \

Definition of ballistics

1a : the science of the motion of projectiles in flight
b : the flight characteristics of a projectile
2a : the study of the processes within a firearm as it is fired
b : the firing characteristics of a firearm or cartridge

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Recent Examples on the Web Romines on Tuesday claimed the ballistics report will likely show that the officer who was shot at the scene was hit by another officer, not by Walker. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Breonna Taylor's boyfriend files lawsuit over his arrest the night she was killed by police," 2 Sep. 2020 Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron revealed Sunday that his office has received the FBI ballistics report from the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police officers in her apartment in March. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Kentucky AG says he has "critical" FBI ballistics report on Breonna Taylor's death," 31 Aug. 2020 Cameron made the first mention of the ballistics report earlier this month, after intense pressure from activists and high-profile celebrities. Dylan Lovan, Star Tribune, "Kentucky AG has received ballistics in Breonna Taylor case," 30 Aug. 2020 More important, its ballistics are formidable, but not extreme. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 8 Best Big-Game Cartridges," 28 Aug. 2020 The motor fired for approximately 90 seconds, producing nearly 449,000 pounds of thrust to qualify the motor's internal insulation, propellant grain, ballistics and nozzle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Raptor engine sets record, Northrop may say “Aloha!” to Omega," 21 Aug. 2020 Her death is being investigated by Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who said last week his office is waiting on ballistics tests from the FBI, which is also investigating the incident. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Michelle Obama at DNC: Breonna Taylor on long list of innocent people of color murdered," 18 Aug. 2020 Long Rifle ballistics, and another tuned to the 450 Bushmaster. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 17 Best New Versatile Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 The Kentucky attorney general announced on Sunday that his office has now obtained the FBI ballistics report for the shooting of Breonna Taylor. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Breonna Taylor case: Kentucky AG receives 'critical' FBI ballistics report as family hopes for swift end to investigation," 15 July 2020

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First Known Use of ballistics

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ballistics

New Latin ballisticus ballistic + -ics, after New Latin ballistica

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21 Sep 2020

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“Ballistics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ballistics

: the science that studies the movement of objects (such as bullets or rockets) that are shot or forced to move forward through the air


noun plural but singular or plural in construction
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Legal Definition of ballistics

1a : the science of the motion of projectiles (as bullets) in flight
b : the flight characteristics of a projectile (as a bullet)
2 : the study of the processes within a firearm as it is fired

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