Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the study of the dynamics of projectiles.
  • adj. Of or relating to the study of the internal action of firearms.
  • adj. Of or relating to projectiles, their motion, or their effects.
  • idiom go ballistic Slang To become very angry or irrational.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Or relating to ballistics.
  • adj. Or relating to projectiles moving under their own momentum, air drag, gravity and sometimes rocket power
  • adj. Very angry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ballista, or to the art of hurling stones or missile weapons by means of an engine.
  • adj. Pertaining to ballistics{2}, or to a projectile in a gravitational field.
  • adj. frenzied; very angry; -- used mostly in the phrase go ballistic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to ballistics, or the scientific construction and use of projectiles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or characteristic of the motion of objects moving under their own momentum and the force of gravity

Etymologies

From ballista.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ballistaĀ ("a military siege engine for throwing stones"). (Wiktionary)

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  • the ballistic quest for technical proficiency has always found its target...

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