throw weight

noun

Definition of throw weight

: the maximum payload of an ICBM

Examples of throw weight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Past warfare was described primarily by tonnage and throw weights, because precision was almost nonexistent. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Google’s Anti-Pentagon Decision Will Kill More People," 29 July 2018 During the Cold War, the U.S. and Russia often negotiated over throw weight, the payload that a missile carries—power over precision. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Google’s Anti-Pentagon Decision Will Kill More People," 29 July 2018 Only in desperation would a heavy cruiser such as the San Francisco engage with a battleship, whose 14-inch guns had five times the throw weight of the U.S. ship’s. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In World War II, San Francisco’s namesake ship was a Navy hero," 25 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'throw weight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of throw weight

1966, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about throw weight

Time Traveler for throw weight

Time Traveler

The first known use of throw weight was in 1966

See more words from the same year

Statistics for throw weight

Cite this Entry

“Throw weight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throw%20weight. Accessed 22 November 2019.

More from Merriam-Webster on throw weight

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about throw weight

Comments on throw weight

What made you want to look up throw weight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not agreeing with established beliefs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!