• WordNet 3.6
    • n missile a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control
    • n missile a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Missile A rocket-propelled device designed to fly through the air and deliver a warhead of explosive materials to a target.
    • Missile A weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projected, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet.
    • a Missile Capable of being thrown; adapted for hurling or to be projected from the hand, or from any instrument or engine{2}, so as to strike an object at a distance. "We bend the bow, or wing the missile dart."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • missile Capable of being thrown; adapted to be hurled by the hand, or discharged from a weapon, as from a sling, bow, or gun, or from a military engine.
    • n missile Anything thrown for the purpose of hitting something; specifically, a weapon or projectile designed for throwing or discharging, as a lance, an arrow, a bullet, or a cannon-ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Missile mis′il that may be thrown from the hand or from any instrument
    • n Missile a weapon thrown by the hand
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  • Bernard Cooper
    Bernard Cooper
    “At the rate science proceeds, rockets and missiles will one day seem like buffalo -- slow, endangered grazers in the black pasture of outer space.”
  • Lynda Barry
    Lynda Barry
    “If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. missils, fr. mittere, missum, to cause to go, to send, to throw; cf. Lith. mesti, to throw: cf. F. missile,. Cf. Admit Dismiss Mass the religious service, Message Mission


In literature:

Have the missile ports cleared for action.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Even in the darkness several of these missiles took effect.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
They had armed the little space missiles, setting off tiny flares which had no function except to prove that each missile was ready for use.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
That force field which should have warded off the missile was not working.
"Voodoo Planet" by Andrew North
The youth's aim was good, and the missile landed on bruin's head, all but stunning him.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
The great seaplane, swinging the missile of death between its giant floats, climbs the skies in search of an enemy ship.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
The fiery flight and terrifying sound of these missiles put the French to instant rout.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
It was obvious that Tom's fears about the missiles colliding were well founded.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
What machinery can be used to hurl a missile at so vast a distance?
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
Exit coal as a missile.
"Tom Slade at Temple Camp" by Percy K. Fitzhugh

In poetry:

Some say the tulip mortar sent
The missile forth; I do not know;
I scarcely saw which way it went,
Its whisk of flame surprised me so.
"The Assault (Amazilia cerviniventris)" by Maurice Thompson
And I, a missile steeped in hate,
Hurled forward like a cannon-ball
By the resistless hand of fate,
Rushed wildly, madly through it all.
"An Address Of An Ex-Confederate Soldier, To The Grand Army Of The Republic" by Maurice Thompson
At our ears wild shadows whistle;
Brazen forks the lightning o'er us
Flames; and huge the thunder's missile
Bursts behind us, drags before us.
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein
Columbia's braves unfaltering stand
And still their deadly missiles hurl,
Their thunders shake the solid land,
Their sulph'rous clouds sublimely curl.
"On Buena Vista's Field" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell
Instead, I might prove useful for
A weapon in the hand of Crime,
A paperweight, a milestone, or
A missile at Election time;
In each capacity I could
Do quite incalculable good.
"A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" by Harry Graham
For I 'ad no tracts to save me, to thwart that mad missile's doom;
I 'ad no pious pamphlets to 'elp me to cheat the tomb;
I 'ad no 'oly leaflets to baffle a bullet's aim;
I'd only — a deck of cards, boys, but . . . it seemed to do just the same.
"The Ballad Of Soulful Sam" by Robert W Service

In news:

After surviving a NATO missile attack on Serbian state television headquarters early this morning, an anchor, Zeljko Pantelic, said that he felt reborn, but not converted.
Fifty rockets and missiles once tested at White Sands Missile Range are on display on the grounds of the museum near Las Cruces , N.M.
Foreign policy, Cuban Missile Crisis, American Values Survey and more.
Aldermaston became a nuclear base in 1950 and is now the headquarters of Britain's Trident missile program.
Since the 1960s, the US military has been trying to outfit a commercial jet with a chemical laser, to zap enemy missiles.
During drill in strategic waterway, Iran test-fires missiles designed to hit warships.
Drone strikes using precision-guided missiles have changed global warfare strategy, especially in remote regions.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli missile ripped through a two-story home in a residential area of - 6:02 pm.
Guided Missiles at Georgica Pond.
It's a new missile that can take out electrical and data systems by emitting high powered microwaves "without causing injury or collateral damage" as it flies over targets.
Iran's Missiles Can Now Hit Europe, Ex-Official Says.
Iran has increased the range of its missiles to 1,250 miles, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, putting parts of Europe within reach for the first time.
The missile successfully fried the electronics of a two-story building in the middle of the Utah desert.
Designed in the late 1970s as an anti-aircraft weapon, the Patriot was modified in the mid-1980s to defend against ballistic missiles as well.
The missile weighs 2,200 pounds and has a range of nearly 43 miles.

In science:

Processing of the MSX data was funded by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization with additional support from the NASA Office of Space Science.
LABOCA mapping of the infrared dark cloud MSXDC G304.74+01.32
Processing of the data was funded by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization with additional support from NASA Office of Space Science.
Spatial distribution of emission in Unidentified Infrared Bands from Midcourse Space Experiment Survey
Find the optimal launching angle to the horizon of a ballistic missile on the North Pole (from the point of view of minimization of the initial speed) for the missile to land on the equator.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
SHS90a] Suneson A, Hansson HA, Seeman T: Pressure Wave Injuries to the Nervous System Caused by High Energy Missile Extrem ity Impact: Part I. Local and Distant Effects on the Periphera l Nervous System. A Light and Electron Microscopic Study on Pigs. The Journal of Trauma. 30(3):281-294; 1990.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
Puckett WO, Grundfest H, McElroy WD, McMillen JH, Damage to peripheral nerves by high velocity missiles without a direct hit. J.
Scientific Evidence for Hydrostatic Shock