destruct

verb
de·​struct | \ də̇ˈstrəkt, dēˈ- \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of destruct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

destruct

noun
de·​struct | \ ˈdēˌstrəkt, də̇ˈs-, dēˈs- \
plural -s

Definition of destruct (Entry 2 of 2)

: the deliberate destruction of a rocket after launching especially during a test also : destruction of a device or material (as to prevent its falling into enemy hands)

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History and Etymology for destruct

Verb

back-formation from destruction

Noun

destruct, verb

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“Destruct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/destruct. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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