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1Relating to projectiles or their flight.
- ‘It allows us to play what if games with internal ballistic calculations for pressure and velocity.’
- ‘This application will also calculate ballistic coefficient and maximum point blank range.’
- ‘Mounted onto a stock with the addition of a winch, ratchet apparatus, and trigger mechanism, much further distances and much greater ballistic forces were achieved.’
- ‘This complete loss of memory after 0.1 ps reduces the amount of ballistic motion of atoms inside a void.’
- ‘The vehicle system is a turreted, armored, all-wheel drive vehicle that provides increased ballistic and land mine protection.’
2Moving under the force of gravity only.
- ‘Counterproliferation operations will need to focus on ballistic and cruise missiles and on conventional WMDs.’
- ‘Adversaries could also launch both theater ballistic and cruise missiles to arrive simultaneously at the designated target.’
- ‘Most of a spacecraft's flight is ballistic, that is, it is not powered but is pulled by gravity, with engines needed for course corrections.’
- ‘Mortars are ballistic weapons that have projectile trajectories undistorted by rocket engine or guidance system.’
- ‘At that point the fuel to the rocket was cut off and the missile coasted along its ballistic trajectory to the target.’
Late 18th century: from ballista + -ic.
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