Definition of projectile in English:



  • 1A missile designed to be fired from a gun.

    ‘the guns were deployed to flail the village with their one-ton projectiles’
    • ‘The US military acknowledged that the helicopter was likely brought down by small-arms fire or a projectile fired from the ground.’
    • ‘The system uses precharged barrels holding multiple projectiles that are fired by electronic ignition.’
    • ‘The Shmel, classified as a flamethrower, fires rocket-propelled projectiles.’
    • ‘They were in reality projectiles ultimately fired by the US navy.’
    • ‘Now, obviously what they can't protect against completely is rockets and other sort of projectiles fired into that area.’
    • ‘Warfare is the next step with the powers of hot gas being harnessed to fire projectiles from cannons or small arms.’
    • ‘For the first time, interchangeable and multiple barrels can be made available to fire a range of projectiles of varying calibers from the same handgun.’
    • ‘They will fire projectiles back and the longer you take to disable the defenses, the lesser of an army you'll have at your disposal to rush the remaining defenders.’
    • ‘These slits, called murder holes, could be used by the defenders to fire projectiles at any foes within the passageway.’
    • ‘Autopsies revealed that multiple 9mm projectiles fired from police guns had killed both men.’
    • ‘From the 300 projectiles which NATO has fired so far, only four have hit something of substance.’
    • ‘Ammunition stocks disappeared as artillery fired projectiles far in excess of prewar projections.’
    • ‘The soldiers firing the projectiles were his heroes.’
    • ‘As a result, their danger potential is extremely low, even compared to regular airguns firing metallic projectiles.’
    • ‘Again, rockets and cannon projectiles present a complementary mix to the family of fires.’
    • ‘Modern artillery functions in the same way as all firearms, but fires larger projectiles over longer distances.’
    • ‘Robins also invented the ballistic pendulum which allowed precise measurements of the velocity of projectiles fired from guns.’
    • ‘However, these foes are then converted into explosive projectiles that can be fired like rockets from the cannon.’
    • ‘‘These guns can be converted to fire projectiles so anything that makes it more difficult for guns to be used in this way is good,’ he said.’
    • ‘The Vulcan works by firing a projectile at high speed into a landmine, ripping it apart without detonating the explosives.’
    1. 1.1 An object propelled through the air, especially one thrown as a weapon.
      ‘they tried to shield Johnson from the projectiles that were being thrown’
      • ‘One protester was arrested for throwing a projectile at Howard.’
      • ‘They talked, whispered, fidgeted, and threw small projectiles at one another.’
      • ‘‘We have had increasing problems with solid projectiles being thrown at our buses,’ says Mr Nicholson.’
      • ‘I can also hold your projectiles and throw them back at you!’
      • ‘Worsham is excited about the adventure, though curiously a bit timid about the prospect of standing in the box to face thrown projectiles.’
      • ‘The shield deflected small projectiles and energy weapons, but not that well.’
      • ‘I wonder if someone thought throwing projectiles at a spiky-haired lad with a funny accent could be considered art.’
      • ‘There were several cans of Spaghettios but no can opener, rendering them useless except as thrown projectiles.’


  • 1Denoting or relating to a projectile.

    ‘a projectile weapon’
    • ‘In most multiplayer games, everything is just some variation on a projectile weapon.’
    • ‘Spears also make excellent projectile weapons.’
    • ‘In desperation, you attempt to use the useless tome as an impromptu projectile weapon.’
    • ‘I'm guessing they don't have any projectile weapons or anything similar since they resort to using claws in most cases.’
    • ‘Rocket-propelled grenades are a commonly used explosive projectile weapon, used by many armies across the world.’
    • ‘There were men all over the place, carrying every kind of rocket launcher, grenade launcher, bazooka, or projectile weapon they had.’
    • ‘When fighting these types it is best to use projectile weapons because seeing as you can't see them, close combat is risky.’
    • ‘Pepper spray and projectile weapons seem to be par for the course by this time in our city.’
    • ‘A light saber is a definite must-have for Kyle, but a couple of projectile weapons should be included.’
    • ‘The weapon he used appeared to be a particle blaster instead of a projectile weapon.’
    • ‘I do not depend on projectile weapons and electrical charges.’
    • ‘The nature of small systems is such that they are more difficult to hit with conventional projectile weapons due to their small size and large numbers.’
    • ‘His projectile weapon was hardly in a class to combat Graham's, but he had to make do.’
    • ‘With advances in technology, the emphasis has shifted from the former to the latter with steady increases in the range of missile and projectile weapons.’
    • ‘She took them to several different stands, all selling guns, crossbows, and other kinds of projectile weapons.’
    • ‘It was a projectile weapon, of a very early design.’
    • ‘Blaine couldn't help but notice that they were armed with projectile weapons.’
    • ‘On the wall with the door leaned targets for various projectile weapons, namely bows and arrows.’
    • ‘The projectile weapons are more traditional cannons, and there is a continuum of muzzle velocities with different effective ranges.’
    • ‘He pressed a series of controls and fired his only projectile weapon, a positron grenade, directly behind him.’
    1. 1.1 Propelled with great force.
      ‘Simon was projectile vomiting’
      • ‘I came home from work to the pleasant sight of vomit sprayed in little spots on the carpet, and after an awesome projectile vomit exhibition, we decided to take her to an emergency vet.’
      • ‘He appeared to projectile vomit directly down into the turf next to the penalty spot.’
      • ‘After they refused to serve her any more alcohol, they took her in for testing, where she proceeded to projectile vomit all over the room.’
      • ‘How does someone manage to projectile vomit all over the footpath out front of McDonalds anyway?’
      • ‘A little tip for the wise if you're ever in a similar situation: it's pretty much impossible to projectile vomit into a 20 ounce soda bottle cleanly.’
      • ‘If scenes showing projectile dog vomit and real estate transactions are honestly more interesting than the subject at hand, I can't see why.’
      • ‘‘I spent most of my energy trying not to projectile vomit on these people I desperately wanted to work with,’ she recalls.’


Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from project- ‘thrown forth’, from the verb proicere (see project).