Definition of Pershing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərSHiNG/
(also Pershing missile)


A US short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead.
Example sentences
  • Cruise missiles and Pershing 2 ballistic missiles would have to be deployed to militarily and politically counter the 200-plus Soviet SS-20s.
  • But one NATO source judged it the most serious row since the US Pershing cruise missile deployment in Europe in the 1980s.
  • He deployed Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe.


1950s: named after John J. Pershing (1860–1948), American general.

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Syllabification: Per·shing

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