intercontinental ballistic missile
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intercontinental ballistic missile(ˌɪntəˌkɒntɪˈnɛntəl)
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a missile that follows a ballistic trajectory and has the range to carry a nuclear bomb over 5500 km. Abbreviation: ICBM
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intercontinen′tal ballis′tic mis′sile
any supersonic missile that has a range of at least 3500 nautical mi. (6500 km) and follows a ballistic trajectory after a powered, guided launching. Abbr.: ICBM
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|Noun||1.||intercontinental ballistic missile - a ballistic missile that is capable of traveling from one continent to another|
ballistic missile - a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target
Minuteman - a strategic weapon system using a guided missile of intercontinental range; missiles are equipped with nuclear warheads and dispersed in hardened silos
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