Definition of projectile in English:


Syllabification: pro·jec·tile
Pronunciation: /prəˈjektl, -ˌtīl


  • 1A missile designed to be fired from a rocket or gun.
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    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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!


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  • 1Relating to a projectile missile or object: a projectile weapon
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    • 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
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    • 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.


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

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