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The intentional, usually remote-controlled destruction of a space vehicle, rocket, or missile after launching, as for defective performance or reasons of safety.
v. de·struct·ed, de·struct·ing, de·structs
To destroy intentionally (a rocket or missile) after launch.
[Back-formation from destruction.]
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) to destroy (one's own missile or rocket) for safety
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (intr) (of a missile or rocket) to be destroyed, for safety, by those controlling it; self-destruct
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the act of destructing
(Military) designed to be capable of destroying itself or the object, system, or installation containing it: destruct mechanism.
1. the act or process of intentional destruction, as of a rocket or missile.v.t.
2. to destroy.v.i.
3. to self-destruct.
[1955–60; back formation from destruction]
Past participle: destructed
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|Verb||1.||destruct - destroy (one's own missile or rocket); "The engineers had to destruct the rocket for safety reasons"|
|2.||destruct - do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"|
kill - destroy a vitally essential quality of or in; "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"
do away with, eliminate, get rid of, extinguish - terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"
self-destroy, self-destruct - do away with oneself or itself; "The machine will self-destruct if you tamper with it"
destruct - destroy (one's own missile or rocket); "The engineers had to destruct the rocket for safety reasons"
end - put an end to; "The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived"
fracture - interrupt, break, or destroy; "fracture the balance of power"
sweep away, wipe out - eliminate completely and without a trace; "The old values have been wiped out"
interdict - destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
demolish, pulverise, pulverize - destroy completely; "the wrecking ball demolished the building"; "demolish your enemies"; "pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand"
pull down, rase, raze, dismantle, tear down, level, take down - tear down so as to make flat with the ground; "The building was levelled"
extirpate, root out, uproot, eradicate, exterminate - destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"
dilapidate - bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse
demyelinate - destroy the myelin sheath of; "the disease demyelinated the nerve fibers"
vi (esp Space) → sich selbst zerstören
1. vt (missile) → distruggere
2. vi (also selfdestruct) → autodistruggersi