ballistic missile definition

  • noun:
    • A projectile that assumes a free-falling trajectory after an internally directed, self-powered ascent.
    • A missile that is initially led, however uses a ballistic (freely falling) trajectory.
    • A rocket-propelled missile of long-range which is led only through the driven portion of its trip, which generally takes just a little the main complete flight time; -- contrasted with led missile.
    • a missile that is led in the first part of its journey but drops freely since it gets near target

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