bal·lis·tics | \bə-ˈli-stiks \

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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Top aides to President Trump signaled skepticism, but insisted that the president's unconventional diplomacy had already yielded greater achievements than his predecessors could claim in reining in the North's rogue nuclear and ballistics program. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "As North Korea offers to give up its nuclear arms, the Trump administration insists it's not 'starry-eyed'," 30 Apr. 2018 Under the Treasury department, ATF was the top regulator for the two products, but also saw its responsibilities grow to include crime gun ballistics tracing, and later, adding arson and explosives investigations. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Houston agents weigh in on Trump plan to dump alcohol, tobacco duties from ATF," 24 Jan. 2018 Cooperman granted an evidentiary hearing on the ballistics evidence. Julie Shaw, Philly.com, "Philly man claims he's innocent of 1991 killing. Courts say it's too late," 22 Feb. 2018 Police found 20 9mm bullet casings at the scene that ballistics tests matched to a Glock 9mm that investigators tied to Palmer, according to court records. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Heartless Felon pleads guilty to gang killing, gets 15 more years in prison," 30 Aug. 2017

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1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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ballistics

noun

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

bal·lis·tics | \bə-ˈlis-tiks \

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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