missile

adjective
mis·​sile | \ ˈmi-səl How to pronounce missile (audio) , chiefly British -ˌsīl How to pronounce missile (audio) \

Definition of missile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : capable of being thrown or projected to strike a distant object
2 : adapted for throwing or hurling missiles

missile

noun

Definition of missile (Entry 2 of 2)

: an object (such as a weapon) thrown or projected usually so as to strike something at a distance stones, artillery shells, bullets, and rockets are missiles : such as

Examples of missile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The battle over that tiny, treeless island also was a dramatic demonstration of the effectiveness—or ineffectiveness—of the Tor in its anti-missile role. David Axe, Forbes, 15 July 2022 In his nightly address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded Tuesday for more and faster deliveries of Western arms, specifically asking for anti-missile defense systems. John Leicester And Yuras Karmanau, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 In his nightly address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded Tuesday for more and faster deliveries of Western arms, specifically asking for anti-missile defense systems. Yuras Karmanau, BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2022 Zircon,, described as the world’s fastest non-ballistic missile, can be armed with either a conventional or a nuclear warhead, and is said to be impossible to stop with current anti-missile defense systems. Yuras Karmanau, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2022 Ukraine does not have a powerful anti-missile defense. CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 The Ukrainian leader continued to urge the West to provide his country with heavier and faster equipment, such as warplanes and more anti-missile systems. Nelson Oliveira, CBS News, 3 Apr. 2022 In a video posted to Telegram on Saturday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia was building up forces in the east of the country and called on Western countries to provide more anti-missile systems. NBC News, 3 Apr. 2022 Late on Tuesday evening, U.S. European Command confirmed that two Patriot anti-missile systems already in Europe would be moved to Poland. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 9 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats are escalating, the spokesman added. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Russian air and missile attacks continued across the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, killing and wounding many civilians. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 27 July 2022 The last Russian strike had been 10 days earlier, hitting military targets that had exchanged artillery and missile fire with Syrian government troops. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Meanwhile, Russia pressed forward with its missile and shelling attacks, which Ukrainian officials said were designed to intimidate the civilian population and create panic. Susie Blann, BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2022 Meanwhile, Russia pressed forward with its missile and shelling attacks, which Ukrainian officials said were designed to intimidate the civilian population and create panic. Susie Blann, ajc, 18 July 2022 Both sides depend on long-range artillery and missile strikes. New York Times, 17 July 2022 The town has seen a growing number of Russian missile and rocket attacks as Russian forces try to gain ground in Donetsk. Andrew Raine, CNN, 11 July 2022 The investment plan comes as Russia has decimated infrastructure with missile and artillery strikes across Ukraine, but primarily in its eastern region. Fox News, 4 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of missile

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for missile

Adjective

Latin missilis, from mittere to throw, send

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The first known use of missile was in 1610

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21 Jul 2022

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“Missile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missile. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for missile

missile

noun
mis·​sile | \ ˈmi-səl How to pronounce missile (audio) \

Kids Definition of missile

: an object (as a stone, arrow, bullet, or rocket) that is dropped, thrown, shot, or launched usually so as to strike something at a distance

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