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

Definition of warhead

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

Examples of warhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russia has successfully test-launched a Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, President Vladimir Putin said this week. Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 The dispatch suggested the weapon tested is likely capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, but KCNA didn’t elaborate. NBC News, 17 Apr. 2022 Some analysts suspected that, unlike the Hwasong-15, which is built to carry a single warhead, the Hwasong-17 appeared to be designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads. Choe Sang-hun, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Mar. 2022 Loitering munitions are drones that carry an explosive warhead, allowing a drone to locate and attack a target in the same flight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 Mar. 2022 Consider a 1 megaton nuke, reportedly the size of a warhead on a modern Russian intercontinental ballistic missile. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2022 The Switchblade 600 tactical missile system contains high-precision optics and an anti-armor warhead for use against non-line-of-sight targets, such as tanks, artillery, and armored vehicles. CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 Each Bazalt is just over 40 feet long, weighs 10,500 pounds, and carries a 2,000-pound, high-explosive or nuclear warhead. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2022 North Korea last detonated a nuclear bomb in September 2017, a few months before freezing tests of atomic devices and intercontinental ballistic missiles that could deliver a warhead to the U.S. mainland. Jon Herskovitz, Bloomberg.com, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of warhead

1898, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Warhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warhead. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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