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

Examples of warhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The inert warhead simply smashed into the satellite at blinding speed. New York Times, "How Space Became the Next ‘Great Power’ Contest Between the U.S. and China," 24 Jan. 2021 The inert warhead simply smashed into the satellite at blinding speed. New York Times, "How Space Became the Next ‘Great Power’ Contest Between the U.S. and China," 24 Jan. 2021 If sufficiently enriched, uranium metal can be used at the core of a nuclear warhead, according to nuclear experts. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Iran set to further reduce compliance with nuclear deal," 14 Jan. 2021 Canceling the program wouldn’t save significant funds since the warhead has already been deployed. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Biden to Review U.S. Nuclear-Weapons Programs, With Eye Toward Cuts," 24 Dec. 2020 The inert warhead simply smashed into the satellite at blinding speed. William J. Broad, BostonGlobe.com, "How space became the next ‘great power’ contest between the US and China," 25 Jan. 2021 President Donald Trump was welcomed with a series of ballistic missile tests that culminated with the launch in November 2017 of an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said could deliver a nuclear warhead to the entire U.S. Jon Herskovitz, Bloomberg.com, "North Korea Greets Biden With Plans to Boost Nuclear Arsenal," 8 Jan. 2021 In addition to the warhead, a weapon—or any object, for that matter, traveling at Mach 5+—also packs a considerable kinetic punch. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Video Surfaces of Chinese Bomber Apparently Carrying Monster Hypersonic Missile," 20 Oct. 2020 The Trump administration asked Congress for $53 million to begin designing a warhead new enough to get its own title, the W93. R. Jeffrey Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Under Trump, America’s nuclear weapons industry has boomed," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Warhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warhead. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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