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ballistics (n.)

"art of throwing large missiles; science of the motion of projectiles," 1753, with -ics + Latin ballista "ancient military machine for hurling stones," from Greek ballistes, from ballein "to throw, to throw so as to hit," also in a looser sense, "to put, place, lay;" from PIE root *gwele- "to throw, reach," with extended sense "to pierce."

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Definitions of ballistics from WordNet

ballistics (n.)
the trajectory of an object in free flight;
Synonyms: ballistic trajectory
ballistics (n.)
the science of flight dynamics;
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