guided missile

noun

Definition of guided missile

: a missile whose course may be altered during flight (as by a target-seeking radar device)

Examples of guided missile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last month, Congress appropriated $5.1 billion for three Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, which Collins says will support jobs in the defense industry, including Bath Iron Works, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Pratt & Whitney. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "What next? Awaiting Trump’s response to Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq," 8 Jan. 2020 Subsonic guided missiles like cruise missiles are relatively easy to shoot down. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "An F-16 Shot Down a Cruise Missile with a Rocket," 26 Dec. 2019 This capability would prove incredibly useful for any long-distance human endeavor, including guiding missiles to a target on another continent, as the Cold War would soon demand. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 One of China’s most advanced guided missile destroyers, the Type 052D Taiyuan, had planned to take part in the review. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 21 Oct. 2019 One of China’s most advanced guided missile destroyers, the Type 052D Taiyuan, had planned to take part in the review. Washington Post, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 21 Oct. 2019 During his time at Raytheon, Ryan helped design the Sparrow and Hawk guided missile systems, a medium-range semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile, and a surface-to-air missile, respectively. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Barbie's Designer Got His Start Making Missiles," 7 Feb. 2019 That’s enough to buy seven Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers at current prices. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As the Final Zumwalt-Class Stealth Destroyer Launches, the Ships’ Fate Remains Unclear," 11 Dec. 2018 The new turret includes an elevated missile launcher capable of launching two Spike MR anti-tank guided missiles, giving Namer the ability to destroy tanks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Israel's 'Namer' Infrantry Vehicle Could Be a Glimpse of the U.S. Army's Future," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of guided missile

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Guided missile.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guided%20missile. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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guided missile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of guided missile

: a missile whose course may be changed during flight

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