• WordNet 3.6
    • n ballistics the science of flight dynamics
    • n ballistics the trajectory of an object in free flight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ballistics is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles.
    • Ballistics The division within a police department which studies the characteristics of cartridges fired from a firearm; the ballistics department. The characteristics of the weapons and bullets fired may be used as evidence in criminal investigations.
    • n Ballistics The science or art of hurling missile weapons by the use of an engine.
    • Ballistics The science treating the motion of projectiles in flight, especially when they are in free fall within the earth's gravitational field.
    • Ballistics The study of the characteristics of a cartridge fired from a firearm, and of the processes occurring during the discharge of a firearm.
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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.
    • n ballistics The science or art of discharging large missiles by the use of the ballista or other engine.
    • n ballistics The science of the motion of projectiles.
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. balistique,. See Ballista


In literature:

As for the ballistic properties of the piece, they are very remarkable.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 598, June 18, 1887" by Various
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
But the Platform was a highly special ballistic problem.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
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
He is the young Master of Brewster and Ballister, and as fine a young fellow as walks in shoe leather.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
BALLISTICS, the science of the motion of projectiles.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
In spite of his attempt at a cool veneer, he might go ballistic.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
Swing of ballistic pendulum, 2.35 inches.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Angus says we got enough stuff to lug around now without ballisting our insides with iron.
""That's me all over, Mable"" by Edward Streeter
Reaching over the ballisters with the shotgun, he fired the other charge into Ollinger's body.
"History of 'Billy the Kid'" by Chas. A. Siringo
Ballistics tests proved that it was Jeff's gun which had killed both Biggert and Carlson.
"Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942" by Various
Now we will proceed to our day's lesson in ballistics.
"An Annapolis First Classman" by Lt.Com Edward L. Beach

In news:

Iran's Ballistic Missiles Improving, Pentagon Finds.
Watch the Motorhead Garage duo try to find out more about what new and exciting products are on the horizon for Ballistic as they install and test Ballistic 's EVO2 batteries.
Ballistic Batteries featured on FSN series 'Motorhead Garage.
DSM Dyneema recently announced it has opened a full commercial-scale ballistic tape facility in Greenville, N.C.
The facility manufactures Dyneema® ballistic tape, which features many of the characteristics of Dyneema® UD composite.
Carlisle goes ballistic but it doesn't really help.
The crowd goes ballistic for Gotye's hit song.
Coffey and Riphenburg have a right to be proud of Ballistic 's complexity after their careful recipe calculations and brew time.
Alec Baldwin goes Twitter- ballistic for fiancee.
The Joe Rocket Ballistic Jacket and Pants.
Ballistic -missile sub skipper sacked.
Three goals for Ballistic .
This was the first time ballistic forensics had ever been used to overturn a conviction, solve a murder mystery, and dig into one of the Unknown Stories of WNY.
A number of countries believe the rocket launch is a front for ballistic missile testing.
The series, which plays more like a movie than a TV series, follows a ballistic missile submarine crew that is being pursued by the government after refusing to follow morally questionable orders.

In science:

By choosing δe = /τl with τl the ballistic time scale associated with the system size l, one obtains Γ(2q/l) , i.e. the correlation function is suppressed on distances of the order of the system size .
Semiclassical Construction of Random Wave Functions for Confined Systems
Ballistic and diffusive motion at short and long times, respectively, are separated by a pronounced caging regime , where the particles are temporarily trapped in cages formed by their neighbors.
Spatially heterogeneous dynamics and dynamic facilitation in a model of viscous silica
The secondary and primary maxima are located at the crossovers from the ballistic to the caging regime and from the caging to the diffusive regime, respectively.
Spatially heterogeneous dynamics and dynamic facilitation in a model of viscous silica
For BKS silica, a Boson peak was found at the crossover from the ballistic to the caging regime .
Spatially heterogeneous dynamics and dynamic facilitation in a model of viscous silica
We should add that integrability occurs either for pure ballistic systems where quantum correlations exist without randomness or strongly disordered systems where due to localization in random positions randomness exists without correlations since localized wave functions do not communicate.
Quantum correlations from Brownian diffusion of chaotic level-spacings
Quasiperiodic sequences, following the Fibonacci prescription, are of particular interest, leading to a sub-ballistic wavefunction spreading.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
For α = π/4, one recovers the widely studied Hadamard walk, with its ballistic behavior.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
For periodic sequences, the long time behaviour is still found to be ballistic (see below for quasiperiodic approximants), although displaying a more complex structure at the scale of one period.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
For α = 0, the QCO is simply σz , and the quantum walk amounts to two unrelated, left-right, ballistic moves, whose probability distribution is not distinguished from the bounding box vertical edges.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
In the space sector, this sequence, when coding a quasiperioc potential, is well known to cause a sub-ballistic behaviour for tight-binding electrons ,.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
In contrast, periodic repetition of the approximant sequences eventually leads to a ballistic spreading. A similar behaviour is found here for the quasiperiodically shuffled QRW (with generic values of α and β ).
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
The latter clearly displays a sub-ballistic slope.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
The sub-ballistic behaviour is generic in the quasiperiodic case, whatever α and β are.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
The ”diagonal ” α = β corresponds to the periodic case and therefore to the expected ballistic slope c = 1.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
In particular, quasiperiodic binary sequences lead to a sub-ballistic wave packet spreading characterised by sequence dependant slopes.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks