midcourse

adjective
mid·​course | \ ˈmid-ˈkȯrs How to pronounce midcourse (audio) \

Definition of midcourse

: being or occurring in the middle part of a course (as of a spacecraft) a midcourse correction

Examples of midcourse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This isn't the first time the nation has managed it; in 2010, China used a midcourse interceptor, likely another DN-3, to destroy a target missile in the exoatmosphere, or roughly 62 miles above the earth's surface. Popular Science, "China shot down another missile in space," 13 Feb. 2018 On the way down As with all ballistic missiles, gravity takes over after the midcourse phase, and the warhead falls toward its target. Gerry Doyle, The Seattle Times, "If missiles are headed to Guam, here is what could stop them," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of midcourse

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Midcourse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midcourse. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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