warhead

noun
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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It was powered by a new Rocketdyne engine that offered a significant increase in payload capability, allowing it to carry a massive W39 nuclear warhead (at approximately 6,900 pounds) to targets more than 175 miles away. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 The first interceptor hit and destroyed the re-entry vehicle, which in an actual attack would contain a warhead. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Pentagon: Missile defense test succeeds in shootdown," 26 Mar. 2019 The Redstone was the first US ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On NASA’s birthday, a reminder that we can thank Nixon for the agency," 1 Oct. 2018 In that period, Pyongyang tested six nuclear devices and an even greater number of long-range missile designs, some of them capable of delivering warheads to targets as far away as Washington. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, "North Korea’s dispersed and hidden weapons complex highlights the challenge of denuclearization," 13 June 2018 In each case, the commitments crumbled, the promises proved meaningless, and North Korea continued its steady march toward acquiring nuclear warheads and the means to deliver them across the Pacific Ocean. Author: Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Summit’s outcome rests on substance, not symbolism," 12 June 2018 The North’s arsenal now includes purported thermonuclear warheads and developmental long-range missiles potentially capable of reaching mainland U.S. cities. Christopher Bodeen And Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, "Top North Korean official heads to U.S. for pre-summit talks," 30 May 2018 Ballistic missiles—placed under the command of what is now the People's Liberation Army-Rocket Forces—are an inexpensive and efficient way of delivering warheads long distances. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is China Practicing Missile Strikes Against U.S. Bases in Asia?," 6 Feb. 2017 That’s scary, especially since such a missile could carry nuclear warheads. Alex Ward, Vox, "China’s military power could match America’s by 2050," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of warhead

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of warhead was in 1898

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warhead

noun

English Language Learners Definition of warhead

: the part of a missile that contains the explosive

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