ballistics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction bal·lis·tics \ bə-ˈlis-tiks \

Definition of ballistics

1 a : the science of the motion of projectiles in flight
b : the flight characteristics of a projectile
2 a : 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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First Known Use of ballistics

1675

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BALLISTICS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ballistics for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

ballistics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction bal·lis·tics \ bə-ˈlis-tiks \

legal Definition of ballistics

1 a : 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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