American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A defensive missile designed to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile in flight.
- n. a defensive missile designed to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles
“During those months, the U.S. Army established its first formal requirements for a surface-to-air antiballistic missile system; President Truman signed a bill providing a 5,000-mile guided-missile test range, which was subsequently established at Cape Canaveral, Florida; and a single-stage Russian rocket with an instrument payload of some 270 pounds flew to an altitude of sixty-eight miles.”
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