Definition of missile in English:


Line breaks: mis|sile
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪsʌɪl


  • 1An object which is forcibly propelled at a target, either by hand or from a mechanical weapon: one of the players was hit on the head by a missile thrown by a spectator
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    • The riot squad and two water cannons were deployed after missiles were thrown.
    • The rest involved equipment vandalism and missiles thrown at trains.
    • The man's companions threw flasks and other missiles to ward it off.
    rare trajectile
  • 1.1A weapon that is self-propelled or directed by remote control, carrying conventional or nuclear explosive: the plane disintegrated after being hit by a missile launched from the ground the USAF approach uses small missiles fired from conventional fighter aircraft
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    • He can sell missiles and even nuclear material to other dubious states.
    • Here at last was a set of fires as massive and extensive as any that might be generated by nuclear missiles.
    • That could entail the deployment of ships carrying the interceptor missiles in the Sea of Japan.


early 17th century (as an adjective in the sense 'suitable for throwing (at a target')): from Latin missile, neuter (used as a noun) of missilis, from miss- 'sent', from the verb mittere.

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