• 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

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