war·​head | \ ˈwȯr-ˌhed How to pronounce warhead (audio) \

Definition of warhead

: the section of a missile containing the explosive, chemical, or incendiary charge

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Recent Examples on the Web The reentry vehicle did not carry a live thermonuclear warhead. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Space Force Conducts Its Very First Missile Test," 5 Feb. 2020 Traumatic brain injuries can result from the powerful changes in atmospheric pressure that accompany an explosion like that from a missile warhead. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "34 Troops Have Brain Injuries From Iranian Missile Strike, Pentagon Says," 24 Jan. 2020 And the throw weight of a warhead of a mobile missile? CBS News, "Transcript: Sean Roche talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 1 Jan. 2020 Putin has said the missile flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound, has a range of more than 1,250 miles and can carry a nuclear or a conventional warhead. Arkansas Online, "New Russian weapon can travel 27 times the speed of sound," 28 Dec. 2019 Putin has said the missile flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound, has a range of more than 1,250 miles and can carry a nuclear or a conventional warhead. Vladimir Isachenkov, Anchorage Daily News, "Russia claims new warhead can travel 27 times the speed of sound and change directions," 27 Dec. 2019 But in 2019, the bond market has looked more like the tip of a warhead aimed at their portfolios. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Bond Market Turbulence: Why It Matters and What to Do About It," 20 Sep. 2019 Then there's the nuclear option: launching a nuclear warhead into space and detonating it near an oncoming asteroid. NBC News, "Huge asteroid misses Earth but spotlights threat posed by space rocks," 10 Aug. 2019 Ellemen said that MMICs can provide detailed radar images to distinguish a missile warhead from nearby decoys or clutter, preventing the wasteful firing of an interceptor missile on nonthreatening targets. Colleen Shalby, latimes.com, "UCLA professor faces 219 years in prison for conspiring to send U.S. missile chips to China," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of warhead

1898, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2020

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“Warhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warhead. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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: the part of a missile that contains the explosive

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