cruise missile

noun

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 Before the submarine missile launch, North Korea had also tested several other new weapons systems over a six-week period, including its longest-range cruise missile and a hypersonic missile currently under development. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Oct. 2021 Before the submarine missile launch, North Korea had also tested several other new weapons systems over a six-week period, including its longest-range cruise missile and a hypersonic missile currently under development. Hyung-jin Kim, chicagotribune.com, 24 Oct. 2021 The country has tested various weapons over the past month, including a new cruise missile that could potentially carry nuclear warheads, and a developmental hypersonic missile. Kim Tong-hyung, Hyung-jin Kim And Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Oct. 2021 The country has tested various weapons over the past month, including a new cruise missile that could potentially carry nuclear warheads, and a developmental hypersonic missile. Kim Tong-hyung And Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Earlier this month North Korea tested a new long-range cruise missile, its first weapons activity in almost six months. NBC News, 28 Sep. 2021 North Korea also conducted a cruise missile test just hours after U.S. President Joe Biden took office in late January. NBC News, 13 Sep. 2021 The Estonian military has signed with an Israeli missile company to acquire the Baltic state’s first cruise missile—a 200-mile-range anti-ship missile with a secondary land-attack capability. David Axe, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Officials displayed a variety of weapons at the event, including intercontinental ballistic missiles and a new long-range cruise missile, according to state media photos released Tuesday. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of cruise missile

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cruise missile was in 1959

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13 Nov 2021

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“Cruise missile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cruise%20missile. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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cruise missile

noun

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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