guided missile


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 And like guided missiles, each type has evolved to seek and destroy a specific type of bacteria. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Virtuous Side of Viruses," 26 May 2020 The attacks used guided missiles and in this instance, Iran appeared to have intentionally aimed the strikes away from Americans on the base, the official said. Nick Wadhams,, "New U.S. Sanctions Most Likely to Hit Metals Sector: Iran Update," 8 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the Navy version will likely equip Arleigh Burke-class guided missile cruisers, Ticonderoga-class destroyers, and possibly the new Zumwalt class stealth destroyers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon's Hypersonic Weapon System Passes a Critical Flight Test," 24 Mar. 2020 Viewers around the world watched as laser guided missiles, launched from US war machines, found and devastated their targets. Eli Jelly-schapiro, The New York Review of Books, "The Art of Neverending Wars," 15 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of guided missile

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Guided missile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guided missile

: a missile whose course may be changed during flight

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