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 As Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, most of them intercepted by anti-missile defenses, Israel’s military has pounded hundreds of sites in Gaza, where some 2 million people live squeezed into a tight urban fabric. Fares Akram, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Each time, Israeli leaders assured the public that their army, equipped with infallible military intelligence, and defended by high-tech anti-missile defense and a multibillion-dollar state of the art border wall, would keep them safe. Zev Chafets, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 True, Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system destroyed most of the incoming rockets over our cities. Yossi Klein Halevi, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 Many of the thousands of rockets fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza were also brought down by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system. NBC News, 22 May 2021 By Friday morning, more than four thousand rockets had been launched toward Israeli cities, especially Ashkelon, on the coast; many of the rockets got through the Iron Dome anti-missile shield. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021 As Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, most of them intercepted by anti-missile defenses, Israel’s military has pounded hundreds of sites in Gaza, where some 2 million people live squeezed into a tight urban fabric. Fares Akram, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 As Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, most of them intercepted by anti-missile defenses, Israel’s military has pounded hundreds of sites in Gaza, where some 2 million people live squeezed into a tight urban fabric. Fares Akram, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 As Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, most of them intercepted by anti-missile defenses, Israel’s military has pounded hundreds of sites in Gaza, where some 2 million people live squeezed into a tight urban fabric. Fares Akram, chicagotribune.com, 18 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And this time, Strand's gambit failed as not only did Morgan survive, but neither of them made it to the submarine weapons room in time to stop a missile from being launched that could spell doom for everyone. Ew Staff, EW.com, 11 June 2021 Max Stassi launched a missile in the third, driving his third home run in the last four days out to left after Ohtani began the inning with a double. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 The international investigation concluded that the plane was destroyed by a Buk missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Russia separatist rebels. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 This is what many people think RPA warfare is like today—pushing a button from 7,000 miles away to fire a missile at a blob on a screen until it’s extinguished, like in Space Invaders. Wayne Phelps, WSJ, 5 June 2021 In 2020 during an Iranian military training exercise, a missile mistakenly struck a naval vessel near the port of Jask, killing19 sailors and wounding 15. Fox News, 2 June 2021 Another recent naval accident proved fatal when in 2020 a missile mistakenly struck a vessel near Jask during a military accident, killing 19 soldiers. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 In 2020, during an Iranian military training exercise, a missile mistakenly struck a naval vessel near Jask, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15. NBC News, 2 June 2021 During a military training exercise last year, a missile from an Iranian frigate mistakenly struck another ship near the same port, Jask, killing at least 19 sailors and wounding 15. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Missile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missile. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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missile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of missile

: an object that is thrown, shot, or launched as a weapon especially : a rocket that explodes when it hits a distant target

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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