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

Missile launches and nuclear tests are banned by the U.N. Security Council, but North Korea has paid no attention to its resolutions. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Trump: 'All options are on the table' after North Korea missile launch," 29 Aug. 2017 Missile launches and nuclear tests are banned by the U.N. Security Council, but North Korea has paid no attention to its resolutions. John Wagner, Washington Post, "Trump: ‘All options are on the table’ after North Korea launched missile over Japan," 29 Aug. 2017 Missile experts say the North’s shift to solids came as a surprise. David E. Sanger And William J. Broad, New York Times, "North Korean Tests Add Urgency for U.S. to Fix Defense Flaws," 29 May 2017 Missile experts haven't identified the four intermediate-range missiles that landed on Monday off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, about 620 miles from its... Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "North Korea Missile Test Stirs ICBM Fears," 7 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Together, the aerospace businesses of Raytheon and United Technologies produce Pratt & Whitney engines, Tomahawk missiles and the F-35 fighter jet. New York Times, "United Technologies and Raytheon to Combine Into Aerospace and Military Giant," 9 June 2019 The missiles form an integral part of China’s anti-access, area-denial strategy, which is itself designed with the United States in mind. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Jim Sciutto’s Quiet Indictment of the Obama Administration," 6 June 2019 Over more than a decade, the Islamic militant Hamas group has built up a large arsenal of rockets and missiles. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Hamas has developed a vast arsenal in blockaded Gaza," 25 Mar. 2019 Our adversaries are developing hypersonic weapons and maneuvering missiles that threaten the United States’ ability to project power. Henry Obering Iii, Fortune, "I Used to Direct the Missile Defense Agency. America Needs New Weapons," 5 July 2018 The famed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft used such a system in the 1960s, as have multiple missiles and experimental aircraft. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Boeing’s Proposed Hypersonic Plane Is Really, Really Fast," 28 June 2018 With missiles and a stockpile of bombs, as well as a uranium-enrichment programme, to deal with, the effort would have to be far more painstaking than the process Barack Obama’s secretary of state, John Kerry, put in place for the Iran deal. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un did better than Donald Trump at the Singapore summit," 14 June 2018 By contrast, the characters seem like mere megaphones or missiles, and the plot just a Rube Goldberg contraption for moving them into position to deliver the next fusillade. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles," 25 June 2018 The video went on like this for several minutes, with brief interludes of missiles, soldiers and warships interrupting the fanfare. Avi Selk, latimes.com, "Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House," 12 June 2018

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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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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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