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

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One weapon that could make a comeback is the BGM-109G Gryphon cruise missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Killing the INF Treaty Could Spur New Generation of Missiles," 23 Oct. 2018 Tomahawk cruise missiles would read the terrain preloaded from satellite imagery and accurately find their targets. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Google’s Anti-Pentagon Decision Will Kill More People," 29 July 2018 The cruise missiles fly low and emit little heat for interceptor missiles to lock on to. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "105 to 0: Why Syria's air defenses failed to intercept a single incoming missile," 20 Apr. 2018 The cruise missile was among five weapons introduced by Mr. Putin, each shown in video mock-ups on giant screens flanking him onstage. Neil Macfarquhar And David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Putin’s ‘Invincible’ Missile Is Aimed at U.S. Vulnerabilities," 1 Mar. 2018 And in 2017 Trump authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in retaliation for Assad’s use of sarin gas against civilians. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "US warns Russia, Syria against chemical weapons use," 28 Aug. 2018 The attack involved munitions fired from aircraft and naval vessels, including about 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles, according to a Defense Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational details. Washington Post, "Pentagon: Syria strikes took out the ‘heart’ of Assad’s chemical weapons program," 14 Apr. 2018 In the North Arabian Gulf, the destroyer USS Higgins launched 23 Tomahawk cruise missiles. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Officials Acknowledge Assad Can Still Carry Out Chemical Attacks," 14 Apr. 2018 The attack involved munitions fired from aircraft and naval vessels, including about 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles, according to a Defense Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational details. Author: Carol Morello, Anne Gearan, Missy Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, "After Syria attack, US and Russia tensions rise, but military confrontation fears ease," 14 Apr. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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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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