Definition of Pershing in English:

Pershing

(also Pershing missile)

noun

  • A US short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead.

    • ‘He deployed Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe.’
    • ‘In response, he embarked on a huge programme of military rearmament, which included the deployment of Pershing nuclear missiles.’
    • ‘In fact, the deployment of the Pershings helped end the Cold War.’
    • ‘But one NATO source judged it the most serious row since the US Pershing cruise missile deployment in Europe in the 1980s.’
    • ‘Cruise missiles and Pershing 2 ballistic missiles would have to be deployed to militarily and politically counter the 200-plus Soviet SS-20s.’

Origin

1950s: named after John J. Pershing (1860–1948), American general.

Pronunciation:

Pershing

/ˈpərSHiNG/