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 One executive recently recounted how one of his company’s main facilities was nearly hit by two Russian cruise missiles. Justin Ling, WIRED, 2 May 2024 One day in March, the black metal sail of a 360-foot attack sub armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles and torpedoes punched through the dense ice of the Beaufort Sea during Operation Ice Camp. Kenny Holston, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2024 Ukraine especially wants a longer-range version of Army Tactical Missile Systems, known as ATACMS, from the U.S., along with Taurus cruise missiles from Germany. Jill Lawless and Samya Kullab, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Apr. 2024 After all, early analysis showed that only five of the 120 ballistic missiles fired from Iran actually crossed into Israeli territory, and that none of the 170 drones or 30 cruise missiles did. Suzanne Maloney, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2024 Russia launched three Iskander cruise missiles at the city, which is just 60 miles from the Russian border and was nearly encircled by Russian troops in early 2022. Kostiantyn Khudov, Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2024 Coalition defense The attack Saturday from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon included some 350 drones, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and rockets, with about 60 tons of explosive materials, the Israel Defense Forces said. Shoshanna Solomon, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Apr. 2024 In the end, U.S. officials estimate that Iran launched some 300 missiles and drones, including more than 100 ballistic missiles and 30 cruise missiles. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 15 Apr. 2024 By Anna Gordon April 15, 2024 1:53 PM EDT Israel’s leaders met today during a war cabinet meeting to discuss the country’s response after Iran launched a combination of 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles towards Israeli soil in the early hours of Sunday morning. Anna Gordon, TIME, 15 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cruise missile was in 1959

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“Cruise missile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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