intercontinental ballistic missile


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intercontinental ballistic missile

(ˌɪntəˌkɒntɪˈnɛntəl)
n
(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

intercontinen′tal ballis′tic mis′sile


n.
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
[1955–60]
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Noun1.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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