ballistic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ballistic relating to or characteristic of the motion of objects moving under their own momentum and the force of gravity "ballistic missile"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ballistics is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles.
    • Ballistic frenzied; very angry; -- used mostly in the phrase go ballistic.
    • Ballistic Of or pertaining to the ballista, or to the art of hurling stones or missile weapons by means of an engine.
    • Ballistic Pertaining to ballistics{2}, or to a projectile in a gravitational field.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The table fork was introduced into England in 1601. Until then people would eat with their knives, spoons or fingers. When Queen Elizabeth first used a fork, the clergy went ballistic. They felt it was an insult to God not to touch meat with one's fingers.
    • ballistic Pertaining to ballistics, or the scientific construction and use of projectiles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ballistic projectile
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Idioms

Kick the ballistics - It means you realise the intensity of a situation. For example, there is too much unemployment now, so the prime minister must kick the ballistics and change his policy.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. ballein, to throw.

Usage

In literature:

The following will give an idea of the ballistic test as prescribed by the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 803, May 23, 1891" by Various
Stood one in ballistics, prize medallist control of gun-fire.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Story of Jack Ballister's Fortunes, The.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
Hydrogen bombs and airplanes and intercontinental ballistic missiles do not change basic principles.
"The Invisible Government" by Dan Smoot
The morning after Philip Ballister's arrival, the family sat long at breakfast.
"Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
She has black hair, while Miss Ballister's hair is a golden red-brown.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
We also find the shortened Ballister and Balestier, from which we have Bannister (Chapter III).
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
The following exercises will show the application of the ballistic table.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Rearmament of our Cavalry with a 6-millimetre carbine, ballistically equal in all respects to the rifle of the Infantry.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
Meta took the ship into the stratosphere, in a high ballistic arc that ended at the islands.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
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In news:

Jen Aniston's Team "Went Ballistic " After Brad Pitt Insult.
Ocean Pines, Berlin & Snow Hill Police Departments Receive Ballistic Grade Clipboards.
The Ocean Pines, Berlin and Snow Hill police departments were the most recent recipients of ballistic grade clipboards donated from Hardwire LLC.
He pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a charge that he stole and resold military ballistic vests.
Defense secretary Gates says North Korean ballistic missiles pose 'direct threat' to U.S.
Iran's pursuit of ballistic missiles pre-dates the Islamic revolution.
Longshot candidate goes ballistic on 'machine' pols.
Lockheed Martin-developed missile defense system elements led global ballistic missile defense efforts in 2008 with five successful target intercepts, including two international intercepts, and numerous next-generation milestones.
Hubble finds stars that 'go ballistic '.
General Zhu Goes Ballistic .
From Supersonic Rockets to Ballistic Pumpkins.
Last week, union members in Michigan went ballistic at the thought that there might be a right-to-work law passed in our state.
Cold War ballistic missile gets makeover at Flushing sign shop for A&E production.
While it may be true that you cannot predict when someone will "go ballistic," she said, what matters more are laws that tighten access to such guns .
On Monday, Locke dismissed a juror after learning the man had conducted online research into ballistics and shared it with other jurors in the trial of Dwayne Moore.
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In science:

The law of large numbers for ballistic, multi-dimensional random walks on random lattices with correlated sites.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
An effective criterion for ballistic behavior of random walks in random environment.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
As can be seen in Figure 5, the value of (cid:10)x2 (n)(cid:11) is somewhere between a Brownian walk and a ballistic walk so it is anomalous as expected.
Anomalous diffusion on random graphs
On new examples of ballistic random walks in random environment.
Ballistic random walks in random environment at low disorder
With the help of random matrices one is able to study the statistics of resonance poles and scattering phase shifts in nuclei, atoms, and molecules, as well as microwave cavities and ballistic systems (for a self–contained review see ).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
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