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missile (n.)

"thing thrown or discharged as a weapon for the purpose of hitting something," 1650s, from missile (adj.), 1610s, "capable of being thrown," chiefly in phrase missile weapon, from French missile and directly from Latin missilis "that may be thrown or hurled" (also, in plural, as a noun, "weapons that can be thrown, darts, javelins"), from missus "a throwing, hurling," past participle of mittere "to release, let go; send, throw" (see mission). Sense of "self-propelled rocket or bomb" is first recorded 1738; in reference to modern rocket-propelled, remote-guidance projectiles by 1945.

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Definitions of missile

missile (n.)
a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control;
missile (n.)
a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled;
Synonyms: projectile
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