• WordNet 3.6
    • adj projectile impelling or impelled forward "a projectile force","a projectile missile"
    • n projectile a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
    • n projectile any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Gastric Flu can cause projectile vomiting
    • Projectile A body projected, or impelled forward, by force; especially, a missile adapted to be shot from a firearm.
    • Projectile (Mech) A part of mechanics which treats of the motion, range, time of flight, etc., of bodies thrown or driven through the air by an impelling force.
    • Projectile Caused or imparted by impulse or projection; impelled forward; as, projectile motion.
    • Projectile Projecting or impelling forward; as, a projectile force.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ballistics is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles.
    • projectile Impelling, throwing, driving, or shooting forward: as, a projectile force.
    • projectile Caused by impulse; impelled or driven forward.
    • projectile In zoology, capable of being thrust forward or protruded, as the jaws of a fish; protrusile.
    • n projectile A body projected, or impelled forward by force, particularly through the air. Thus, a stone thrown from the hand or a sling, an arrow shot from a bow, and a ball discharged from a cannon are projectiles. The path of a projectile, or its trajectory (neglecting the effect of air-resistance), is a parabola.
    • n projectile Specifically, a missile intended to be projected from a cannon by the explosive force of gunpowder or some similar agent. Projectiles used in smooth-bore guns are usually spherical, though sometimes oblong, as is the case in the Manby, Parrott, and Lyle life-saving projectiles. Projectiles for rifled guns are oblong, the cylindroconoidal form being generally adopted. It is essential for the range and accuracy of such a projectile that it should pass through the air in the direction of its longer axis, and the only certain method of effecting this is to give it a rapid rotary motion about this axis. To this end the projectile must be so prepared that it will engage and follow grooves in the bore of the gun. This is done in several ways: By the flange system, in which the projectile is provided with flanges, studs, or buttons made of a soft metal, as copper, zinc, or brass, which fit into the grooves of the bore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The best recorded distance for projectile vomiting is 27 feet.
    • adj Projectile projecting or throwing forward: impelling or impelled forward: that can be thrust forward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. projectile,


In literature:

A crash that reverberated through every portion of the vessel told that they had been hit by a projectile.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
An instrument for determining the velocity of projectiles.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Might I suggest the advantage that would result from using the same projectile from almost every ship?
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
The projectile is shaped like a rolling pin, though it is much larger.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
We had protection from Yankee projectiles, but none from those of Old Sol.
"A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." by George Little
Presently the quick-firer barked, and a projectile struck the water about a hundred yards from the starboard side of the pursued vessel.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Now, certain of victory, the men were shouting wildly, as each projectile took effect.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
According to him, as long as you had powder enough, you could use anything as a projectile.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Also, Corrie Rose was proved fully capable of handling his wheeled projectile.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
When he had recovered a little from his shock, he went and sniffed curiously at the representative pieces of the fallen projectile.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
We cannot indeed show the cannon, but we can point to a great projectile.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
It was found necessary to make an incision in order to extract the projectile.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Fifty-two of these projectiles were fired from the Chickasaw in the short half-hour of her attack.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
They had long six-inch guns that threw a terrible projectile.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Ammunition and heavy projectiles were transported from the central part of the empire to its borders.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Many of the foreigners became much alarmed, as projectiles were flying around at a lively rate.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
More than two thousand pieces are raining on a twenty-five-mile front projectiles of all calibers.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Nancy and Luneville received projectiles which caused damage or casualties.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
The first explosion of the tiny projectile tossed them up like a monstrous wave, allowed them to drop sickeningly.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
For a few hours, she was welded into her projectile until a workman with a short cutting arc would remove her after she had done her duty.
"The Game of Rat and Dragon" by Cordwainer Smith

In poetry:

Facing the guns, he jokes as well
As any Judge upon the Bench;
Between the crash of shell and shell
His laughter rings along the trench;
He seems immensely tickled by a
Projectile which he calls a "Black Maria."
"Thomas Of The Light Heart" by Sir Owen Seaman

In news:

He then procedes to projectile vomit on his fans, some coming forward to receive the vomit .
Vehicle struck by 'projectile' Monday near I-96 not likely connected to roadway shootings.
Becoming a projectile pin-balling around inside a car during an automobile crash isn't anyone's idea of Thanksgiving fun.
A science experiment by TV's "Mythbusters" involving a homemade cannon sent the projectile flying off-course into a suburban home.
Projectile also hit a vehicle some distance away.
Archaeologist Dennis Jenkins holds three western stemmed projectile points, which have been shown to be as old as Clovis points.
The system is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges of up to 300 kilometers (180 miles).
Men Throw " Flaming Projectiles" At Utah Gay Club.
JAM, a popular Salt Lake City Bar, was attacked by fiery projectiles.
Pumpkin Projectiles Fly From Homemade Contaptions On The Science Channel.
Here, Jafari denies Iran is providing Iraqi Shia extremists with explosively formed projectiles (EFP) and other assistance.
Projectile at a pop show.
Teacher Uses Angry Birds to Explain Projectile Motion to Students.
Dome rocket-defense system has shot down an incoming projectile bound.
Park City and Summit County officers reported four cases early this week of windows broken and people struck by a marble-type projectile.

In science:

Equation (4.1) is the specific form of the phase factor in the l ight cone gauge A− = 0 for a projectile moving in the negative z direction, so that the light cone coordinate x+ = (z + t)/√2 does not change during propagation through the target.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
This wave function is the solution of the Dirac equation in the external color field A+ and in the limit of infinite projectile energy.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
More generally, the eikonal for malism describes the interaction of any set of projectile partons with the target by a color rotation αi → βi of each projectile component i, resulting in an eikonal phase W (xi )αi βi .
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
Lorentz contracted to an infinitesimally thin pancake In the rest frame of the projectile.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
As a consequence, the projectile cannot change its transverse position during the interaction, it propagates on an eikonal straight-line trajectory.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
At high projectile energy, momentum transfer between projectile and target is predominantly transverse.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
Longitudinal momentum transfer is suppressed by powers of projectile energy.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
Expression (4.14) illustrates that the gluon energy distribution (4.12) contains information about the off-shellness of the projectile parton, since it allows for gluon radiation without medium interaction.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
The condition L/τ1 < 1 then translates into the simple statement that a gluon can only scatter if at the time of the scattering it is an independent component of projectile wave function, that means, if it is formed.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
These three contributions can be clearly isolated in the formal limit of a large distance between the location of projectile production and interaction with the medium.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
Here, H (k) is the hard, medium-independent radiation (4.14) reduced by the probability w1 that one interaction of the projectile occurs in the medium.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
This gluon is emitted due to multiple scattering if it picks up sufficient transverse momentum to d ecohere from the partonic projectile.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
The price to pay for this theoretical clean situation is the limitation to a peculiar kinematic region in which projectile energies are of the order of the temperature, and where the temperature is very high (T ≫ Tc ) so that hard-thermal-loop improved perturbation theory is applicable.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
Elastic interactions between projectile and medium Collisional mechanisms of parton energy loss, mediated via elastic interactions, have been explored first in [102–104].
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
At sufficiently small projectile energies, however, re coil is expected to be non-negligible.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions