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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Kim’s arsenal of 30 to 60 nuclear warheads remains and more fissile material is being produced daily. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, "Rubin: Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un isn’t producing results," 8 July 2019 The vast majority of U.S. nuclear warheads are stationed in the continental U.S. and are capable of targeting North Korea. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "The U.S. May Have to Rethink Its Approach to North Korea," 22 Jan. 2019 By 1996, the effort was complete; an arsenal of 1,800 warheads was no longer in Ukraine. The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 Small drones like BlackWing can be fitted with warheads powerful enough to destroy an SUV or a pickup truck. The Economist, "Submarine-launched drone platoons will soon be emerging from the sea," 22 June 2019 His rockets, while clumsy and likely not armed with miniaturized nuclear warheads yet, might one day reach US territory. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Trump has two strategies to counter nuclear threats. Neither is working," 19 June 2019 Bill Roark, of Torch Technologies and Freedom Real Estate, said the center will enable Torch to take on more complex projects, including developing instruments to advance warhead testing. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Turner Construction completes $10 million Torch Technologies’ center," 12 June 2019 And right now is neither the time nor the place for the general use of assault weapons, nuclear warheads or excessive artificial intelligence. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: New city council should vote on Sloan’s Lake project (6/8/19)," 9 June 2019 Starting in the mid-1950s, the word started showing up in U.S. defense circles, particularly to describe the process of equipping a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "‘Weaponize,’ a Term for Arms, From the Tennis Court to the Supreme Court," 27 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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warhead

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English Language Learners Definition of warhead

: the part of a missile that contains the explosive

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