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missile British & World English

An object which is forcibly propelled at a target, either by hand or from a mechanical weapon

missile English Thesaurus

a player was hit by a missile thrown by a spectator

cruise missile British & World English

A low-flying missile which is guided to its target by an on-board computer

guided missile British & World English

A missile that is directed by remote control or by internal equipment

ballistic missile British & World English

A missile with a high, arching trajectory, which is initially powered and guided but falls under gravity on to its target

antiballistic missile British & World English

A missile designed for intercepting and destroying a ballistic missile while in flight

Cuban Missile Crisis British & World English

An international crisis in October 1962, the closest approach to nuclear war at any time between the US and the USSR. When the US discovered Soviet nuclear missiles on Cuba, President John F. Kennedy demanded their removal and announced a naval blockade of the island; the Soviet leader Khrushchev acceded to the US demands a week later

Ballistic Missile Defense Organization British & World English

Name given to Strategic Defense Initiative after 1993.

Scud missile in scud1 British & World English

A type of long-range surface-to-surface guided missile able to be fired from a mobile launcher

Pershing British & World English

A US short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead

Pershing missile in Pershing British & World English

A US short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead