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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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 In January that country's foreign minister accused Iran of not respecting part of a United Nations resolution that calls on Iran to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads, Reuters reported. NBC News, "Iran's foreign minister says resuming nuke program on table if U.S. scuttles deal," 22 Apr. 2018 At one point during the shoot, Dovima posed in front of a launch pad rigged with an SM-65 Atlas, which was not actually a spacecraft but the first intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Stephen Mooallem, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pop Goes Bazaar: A Look Back at the Magazine in the 1960s," 9 June 2017 This had the net effect of eliminating an entire class of nuclear delivery systems (the treaty affects ballistic and cruise missiles, not actual nuclear warheads). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Defends New Cruise Missile, Says It Doesn't Violate Any Arms-Control Treaties," 24 Jan. 2019 That accord, which limits each side to 1,550 nuclear warheads, has regulated the arms race between Moscow and Washington since 2011 and provides for data exchanges and inspections. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "As One Arms Treaty Falls Apart, Others Look Shakier," 7 Dec. 2018 That site is estimated to have produced fissile material for as many as a couple of dozen warheads. Washington Post, "North Korea working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear program, U.S. officials say," 2 July 2018 That site is estimated to have produced fissile material for as many as a couple of dozen warheads. Ellen Nakashima And Joby Warrick, chicagotribune.com, "Evidence suggests North Korea is plotting to keep its nuclear arsenal," 1 July 2018 That site is estimated to have produced fissile material for as many as a couple of dozen warheads. Author: Ellen Nakashima, Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea plotting to keep arsenal, U.S. intelligence officials say," 1 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of warhead

: the part of a missile that contains the explosive

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