war·​head | \ˈwȯr-ˌhed \

Definition of warhead 

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

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As for recovery, the math of a ballistic launch can already place capsules and warheads with dependable accuracy. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Actually Considering Rocket Launches to Move Cargo Around the Globe," 29 Oct. 2018 But additional warheads weigh it down, bringing it into the range outlawed by the agreement. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Russian Officials Slam Trump’s Plans to Exit Nuclear Treaty," 21 Oct. 2018 Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Senate panel North Korea continues to produce fissile material needed to make nuclear warheads. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "North Korea possibly constructing new ICBMs, missile program moving on 'business as usual,' official says," 2 Oct. 2018 The plant took liquid plutonium and shaped it into hockey puck-sized disks for use in nuclear warheads. Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times, "Demolition of Hanford nuclear-weapons plant may resume in September," 27 July 2018 Neither side can have a total of more than 1,550 nuclear warheads placed among ICBMs, SLBMs, and bombers. Alex Ward, Vox, "The most important part of the Trump-Putin summit no one is talking about," 5 July 2018 Disassembling and transporting nuclear warheads could trigger explosions, albeit probably not nuclear ones. The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 As a result the services developed new Hellfires with warheads better suited to destroying softer, but still dangerous targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Hellfire Tank Killer Replacement Enters Production," 27 June 2018 The dictator made no mention of giving up the country's nuclear stockpile, variously estimated to contain between 20 and 100 warheads. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises," 22 Apr. 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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: the part of a missile that contains the explosive

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