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ballistic

Syllabification: bal·lis·tic
Pronunciation: /bəˈlistik
 
/

Definition of ballistic in English:

adjective

[attributive]
1Of or relating to projectiles or their flight.
Example sentences
  • The vehicle system is a turreted, armored, all-wheel drive vehicle that provides increased ballistic and land mine protection.
  • Mounted onto a stock with the addition of a winch, ratchet apparatus, and trigger mechanism, much further distances and much greater ballistic forces were achieved.
  • This complete loss of memory after 0.1 ps reduces the amount of ballistic motion of atoms inside a void.
2Moving under the force of gravity only.
Example sentences
  • At that point the fuel to the rocket was cut off and the missile coasted along its ballistic trajectory to the target.
  • Most of a spacecraft's flight is ballistic, that is, it is not powered but is pulled by gravity, with engines needed for course corrections.
  • Mortars are ballistic weapons that have projectile trajectories undistorted by rocket engine or guidance system.

Origin

late 18th century: from ballista + -ic.

Phrases

go ballistic

1
informal Fly into a rage.
Example sentences
  • I went ballistic and fired off a letter demanding a retraction of the fees.
  • A platoon of sci-fi marines are dropped into hostile territory, seething with aliens, and they go ballistic.
  • He brought everything but the Colman's mustard, and I went ballistic.

Derivatives

ballistically

1
Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The scene in the room was not properly preserved, the weapon involved was not ballistically tested and the bullet casing went missing.
  • The bomb falls ballistically and we drop it so that even if there's no laser spot it's going to drop pretty close to the target.
  • He will tell us, according to sources, that these three shootings are linked ballistically.

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