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mis·sile

 (mĭs′əl, -īl′)
n.
1. An object or weapon that is fired, thrown, dropped, or otherwise projected at a target; a projectile.
2. A guided missile.
3. A ballistic missile.

[Latin, from neuter of missilis, able to be thrown, from missus, past participle of mittere, to let go, throw.]

missile

(ˈmɪsaɪl)
n
1. any object or weapon that is thrown at a target or shot from an engine, gun, etc
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)
a. a rocket-propelled weapon that flies either in a fixed trajectory (ballistic missile) or in a trajectory that can be controlled during flight (guided missile)
b. (as modifier): a missile carrier.
[C17: from Latin: missilis, from mittere to send]

mis•sile

(ˈmɪs əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl)

n.
1. an object or weapon that is thrown, shot, or otherwise propelled at a target, as a stone, bullet, arrow, or rocket.
adj.
4. capable of being used as a missile.
5. used for discharging missiles.
[1600–10; < Latin, neuter of missilis=mitt(ere) to send, throw + -tilis -tile]

missile

- First an adjective meaning "suitable for throwing."
See also related terms for throwing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.missile - a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosivesmissile - a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control
air-to-air missile - a missile designed to be launched from one airplane at another
air-to-ground missile, air-to-surface missile - a missile designed to be launched from an airplane at a target on the ground
ballistic missile - a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target
guided missile - a rocket-propelled missile whose path can be controlled during flight either by radio signals or by internal homing devices
heat-seeking missile - a missile with a guidance system that directs it toward targets emitting infrared radiation (as the emissions of a jet engine)
nose - a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft); "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"
rocket, projectile - any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
sidewinder - air-to-air missile with infrared homing device
vane - a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
2.missile - a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelledmissile - a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
arrow - a projectile with a straight thin shaft and an arrowhead on one end and stabilizing vanes on the other; intended to be shot from a bow
boomerang, throw stick, throwing stick - a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower
bullet, slug - a projectile that is fired from a gun
cannon ball, cannonball, round shot - a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
dart - a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot
seeker - a missile equipped with a device that is attracted toward some kind of emission (heat or light or sound or radio waves)
pellet, shot - a solid missile discharged from a firearm; "the shot buzzed past his ear"
spitball - a projectile made by chewing a piece of paper and shaping it into a sphere
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"

missile

noun projectile, weapon, shell, rocket nuclear missiles

Missiles

cruise missile, Exocet, guided missile, ICBM or intercontinental ballistic missile, Minuteman, MIRV or multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicle, Patriot, Pershing, Polaris, rocket, Scud, SLBM or submarine-launched ballistic missile, SLCM or sea-launched cruise missile, SS-18, SS-20, standoff missile, Trident, V-1, doodlebug, buzz bomb, or flying bomb, V-2
Translations
صاروخقَذِيفَةٌقَذيفَه
střelaraketa
missilraket
rakett
ohjusrakettiammus
projektil
flugskeytikasthlutur; skeyti, skot
ミサイル
미사일
raketasvaidomasis daiktas/ginklas
raķetešāviņš
izstrelek
missilraket
ขีปนาวุธ
tên lửa

missile

[ˈmɪsaɪl]
A. N
1. (Mil) → misil m
guided missilemisil teledirigido
2. (= object thrown) → proyectil m
B. CPD missile base Nbase f de misiles
missile launcher Nlanzamisiles m inv

missile

[ˈmɪsaɪl] n
(= weapon) → missile m
(= object thrown) → projectile mmissile base nbase f de missilesmissile launcher nlance-missiles m inv

missile

n
(= stone, javelin etc)(Wurf)geschoss nt
(= rocket)Rakete f, → Flugkörper m (form)

missile

:
missile base
nRaketenbasis f
missile defence system (Brit), missile defense system (US)
missile launcher
nAbschuss- or Startrampe f; (= vehicle)Raketenwerfer m
missile site
nRaketenbasis f

missile

[ˈmɪsaɪl] n (Mil) → missile m (frm) (projectile) → proiettile m

missile

(ˈmisail) noun
1. a weapon or object which is thrown or fired from a gun, bow etc.
2. a rocket-powered weapon carrying an explosive charge. a ground-to-air missile.
guided missile
a rocket-powered missile which is directed to its target by a built-in device or by radio waves etc.

missile

قَذِيفَةٌ střela missil Raketengeschoss πύραυλος misil ohjus missile projektil missile ミサイル 미사일 projectiel missil pocisk míssil ракета missil ขีปนาวุธ füze tên lửa 导弹
References in classic literature ?
But the young inventor quickly elevated the muzzle, and the deadly missile went hissing through the air over the head of a native Indian who, at that moment, stepped from the bush.
The sensitive clergyman shrank, with nervous dread, from the light missile.
Ichabod endeavored to dodge the horrible missile, but too late.
Jurgis seized a bottle off the counter as he ran; and as the bartender made a leap he hurled the missile at him with all his force.
There was a whiz as of a missile in the air, mingled with the murmur of a curse, a sound as of shivering glass followed, and a small, vague form went over the fence and shot away in the gloom.
He raised his missile to hurl it; I commenced a soothing speech, but could not stay his hand: the stone struck my bonnet; and then ensued, from the stammering lips of the little fellow, a string of curses, which, whether he comprehended them or not, were delivered with practised emphasis, and distorted his baby features into a shocking expression of malignity.
For, the people who were shovelling away on the housetops were jovial and full of glee; calling out to one another from the parapets, and now and then exchanging a facetious snowball -- better-natured missile far than many a wordy jest -- laughing heartily if it went right and not less heartily if it went wrong.
She concluded by throwing me - I often served as a connubial missile - at Joe, who, glad to get hold of me on any terms, passed me on into the chimney and quietly fenced me up there with his great leg.
uf, and his allies, showed an obstinacy in defence proportioned to the fury of the attack and replied with the discharge of their large cross-bows, as well as with their long-bows, slings, and other missile weapons, to the close and continued shower of arrows; and, as the assailants were necessarily but indifferently protected, did considerably more damage than they received at their hand.
With a cry John seized the branch of a tree, whipped the crutch out of his armpit, and sent that uncouth missile hurtling through the air.
The old man, furious at this insolence as he considered it, took a cup and threw it at the Caliph, who easily avoided a missile from the hand of a drunken man.
Amid a breathless pause he drew the good yew bow back to his ear, glanced along the shaft, and let the feathered missile fly.