antiballistic missile


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an·ti·bal·lis·tic missile

 (ăn′tĭ-bə-lĭs′tĭk, ăn′tī-)
n. Abbr. ABM
A defensive missile designed to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile in flight.
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antiballistic missile

n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a missile designed to destroy an incoming ballistic missile before it reaches its target. Abbreviation: ABM
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Noun1.antiballistic missile - a defensive missile designed to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missilesantiballistic missile - a defensive missile designed to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles; "the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks placed limits on the deployment of ABMs"
guided missile - a rocket-propelled missile whose path can be controlled during flight either by radio signals or by internal homing devices
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