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 In September 2022, the U.S. Coast Guard reported the crew of the cutter Kimball, during a routine patrol in the Bering Sea, encountered a People's Republic of China guided missile cruiser off Alaska’s Kiska Island. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2023 With its sophisticated radar system and Phoenix guided missiles, the F-14 could bring down a target from 100 miles away. Stephen Witt, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2023 One major increase has been in submarines, primarily in the new Borei class missile submarines and Yasen class guided missile submarines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 Oct. 2021 And like guided missiles, each type has evolved to seek and destroy a specific type of bacteria. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 8 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guided missile was in 1945

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“Guided missile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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guided missile

: a missile whose course may be changed during flight
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