Definition of missile in English:

missile

noun

  • 1An object which is forcibly propelled at a target, either by hand or from a mechanical weapon:

    ‘one of the players was hit on the head by a missile thrown by a spectator’
    • ‘The rest involved equipment vandalism and missiles thrown at trains.’
    • ‘Windscreens have been smashed and paintwork scratched, and missiles have been thrown at parked cars.’
    • ‘Bottles and other missiles were thrown in spite of a huge police presence.’
    • ‘In Princes Street Gardens, police drew their batons and forced back people who were throwing missiles.’
    • ‘He had pleaded guilty to throwing missiles at police during a disturbance following a football match last June.’
    • ‘Merseyside Police said bottles, cans and other missiles were thrown into the crowd and at police.’
    • ‘They will face charges of obscene language, throwing missiles and resisting arrest.’
    • ‘They say it is only a matter of time before a firefighter is seriously hurt by a missile thrown at crews or a fire engine.’
    • ‘The police were made aware of the complaints at half-time, and one Hull fan was arrested for throwing a missile.’
    • ‘As Tuesday's game went on, sections of the crowd vented their frustration by throwing missiles on to the pitch.’
    • ‘Gangs of angry young people hurled all kinds of missiles at the police.’
    • ‘The man's companions threw flasks and other missiles to ward it off.’
    • ‘The news on page five that mobs were actually throwing missiles at Portuguese soccer fans is horrifying.’
    • ‘People were starting to move off when missiles were thrown over the wall.’
    • ‘Ships were roped together in lines to face an enemy fleet and showers of arrows and missiles would have been exchanged.’
    • ‘Leeds players also complained about being hit by missiles thrown from the crowd.’
    • ‘The group then ran off towards Sholing where they began a wrecking spree by throwing more missiles at homes and vehicles.’
    • ‘The riot squad and two water cannons were deployed after missiles were thrown.’
    • ‘Youths have been using pebbles from the surface as missiles to throw at residents' windows.’
    • ‘Two Catholic women were injured when they were struck on the head by missiles thrown by the protestors.’
    projectile
    trajectile
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 A weapon that is self-propelled or directed by remote control, carrying conventional or nuclear explosive:
      ‘the plane disintegrated after being hit by a missile launched from the ground’
      ‘the USAF approach uses small missiles fired from conventional fighter aircraft’
      • ‘We don't have Scud missiles because all the Scud missiles were destroyed.’
      • ‘Avenger carries eight Stinger missiles in two launch pods.’
      • ‘The missile carries a 1,000 lb warhead with a blast radius of several hundred metres.’
      • ‘He can sell missiles and even nuclear material to other dubious states.’
      • ‘Suddenly a jet came within her sight, and it fired a series of missiles in her direction.’
      • ‘They stay above 5,000 feet, to avoid the threat of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and small arms fire.’
      • ‘Both of the approaching jets fired missiles at us, the warheads seeking in on us from different directions.’
      • ‘The missile flew for several minutes but an internal defect led to a self-destruct.’
      • ‘Here at last was a set of fires as massive and extensive as any that might be generated by nuclear missiles.’
      • ‘While fighting in Afghanistan the helicopter he and his squad were in was shot down by a Stinger missile.’
      • ‘Basing US bombers and missiles on British soil certainly made Britain a target in the event of a nuclear war.’
      • ‘U.S. navy officials said about 320 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired by U.S. warships deployed in the region.’
      • ‘Baghdad was developing missiles capable of delivering weapons payloads, including biological agents, to other nations.’
      • ‘The U.S. is also considering arming these missiles with nuclear warheads.’
      • ‘Eventually a U.S. built patriot missile destroyed at least one Iraqi rocket.’
      • ‘They also managed to acquire an old nuclear missile and the means to launch it.’
      • ‘That could entail the deployment of ships carrying the interceptor missiles in the Sea of Japan.’
      • ‘Tor M1 missiles are short-range, surface-to-air missiles already used by several other armed forces, including China.’
      • ‘Now, according to the coalition, it was apparently hit by a missile.’
      • ‘We have seen on all our TVs missiles hitting other missiles and destroying them.’
      explosive, incendiary device, incendiary, device
      View synonyms

Origin

Early 17th century (as an adjective in the sense ‘suitable for throwing (at a target’)): from Latin missile, neuter (used as a noun) of missilis, from miss- sent, from the verb mittere.

Pronunciation:

missile

/ˈmɪsʌɪl/