Share this entry

Share this page

projectile

Syllabification: pro·jec·tile
Pronunciation: /prəˈjektl
 
, prəˈjekˌtīl
 
/

Definition of projectile in English:

noun

1A missile designed to be fired from a rocket or gun.
Example sentences
  • Ammunition stocks disappeared as artillery fired projectiles far in excess of prewar projections.
  • They were in reality projectiles ultimately fired by the US navy.
  • From the 300 projectiles which NATO has fired so far, only four have hit something of substance.
Synonyms
1.1An object propelled through the air, especially one thrown as a weapon: they tried to shield Johnson from the projectiles that were being thrown
More example sentences
  • The shield deflected small projectiles and energy weapons, but not that well.
  • Worsham is excited about the adventure, though curiously a bit timid about the prospect of standing in the box to face thrown projectiles.
  • I can also hold your projectiles and throw them back at you!

adjective

[attributive] Back to top  
1Relating to a projectile missile or object: a projectile weapon
More example sentences
  • With advances in technology, the emphasis has shifted from the former to the latter with steady increases in the range of missile and projectile weapons.
  • The nature of small systems is such that they are more difficult to hit with conventional projectile weapons due to their small size and large numbers.
  • There were men all over the place, carrying every kind of rocket launcher, grenade launcher, bazooka, or projectile weapon they had.
1.1Propelled with great force: projectile vomiting
More example sentences
  • After they refused to serve her any more alcohol, they took her in for testing, where she proceeded to projectile vomit all over the room.
  • How does someone manage to projectile vomit all over the footpath out front of McDonalds anyway?
  • A little tip for the wise if you're ever in a similar situation: it's pretty much impossible to projectile vomit into a 20 ounce soda bottle cleanly.

Origin

mid 17th century: modern Latin, from project- 'thrown forth', from the verb proicere (see project).

Words that rhyme with projectile

erectile, insectile

Definition of projectile in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…