cruise missile


Definition of cruise missile

: a guided missile that has a terrain-following radar system and that flies at moderate speed and low altitude

Examples of cruise missile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the ship would want to reserve as much internal volume as possible for cannon ammunition, the Navy could find the room for a missile silos, each carrying a Tomahawk land attack cruise missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Mind-Bending 1,000-Mile Cannon Is Coming. Could It Bring Back Battleships?," 16 Oct. 2020 In addition to replacing the ICBM fleet, the modernization will see the Pentagon introduce a new submarine and bomber, a long-range standoff cruise missile for the bomber, and new command and control technology. Washington Post, "Northrop Grumman wins $13 billion contract to replace U.S. ballistic missiles," 9 Sep. 2020 The company also brought virtual reality headsets to the recent cruise missile drills, with software that allowed personnel from four distant locations to stand side by side as avatars in a virtual command center. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Behind Anduril’s Effort to Create an Operating System for War," 8 Oct. 2020 The successful use of a howitzer, of all things, to intercept a cruise missile shows the military can introduce new capabilities without designing entirely new weapon systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Big, Dumb Guns Aren't Dumb Anymore (and Now They Can Shoot Down Planes)," 10 Sep. 2020 Some congressional Democrats have also opposed the cruise missile, saying its introduction will cause instability among nuclear powers. Washington Post, "Northrop Grumman wins $13 billion contract to replace U.S. ballistic missiles," 9 Sep. 2020 The weapons, one a ballistic missile and the other a cruise missile, were displayed at a ceremony on Thursday marking Iran’s Defense Industries Day. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Iran reveals new missiles named after Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader killed in US drone strike," 20 Aug. 2020 This also extends to China’s large ballistic and cruise missile force, which can strike military bases up and down the Korean peninsula. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "South Korea Is Packing Its First Aircraft Carrier with F-35s," 13 Aug. 2020 In 2015, an errant cruise missile crashed into a building in Nenoksa housing a kindergarten. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Village in 'Danger Zone' of Possible Nuclear Missile Test," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of cruise missile

1959, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2020

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“Cruise missile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cruise missile

: a large military weapon that flies close to the ground and is directed to a specific place to explode

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