American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A guided missile that is launched from a ship or aircraft and serves as a self-contained precision bomb.
- n. A winged missile, designed for a guided flight at low altitudes, as opposed to a ballistic missile.
- n. an unmanned aircraft that is a self-contained bomb
“The Boeing Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) is a long-range, air-to-ground cruise missile for attacking strategic ground targets at distances of”
“They both had hoped to end the al-Qaeda problem by decapitating its leader through cruise missile strikes or by using CIA assets on the ground.”
“In June 1993, the president ordered a cruise missile attack on Husseins intelligence headquarters following the discovery of an Iraqi plot to assassinate former President George Bush.”
“The inattention of the Bush administration to the al-Qaeda threat had results: Bush stood down the force of submarines and ships stationed in the Arabian Sea that were capable of launching cruise missile strikes into Afghanistan and had been put in place by Clinton.”
“They prepared instead only for possible U.S. cruise missile attacks or airstrikes by evacuating their training camps.”
“This ground-launched cruise missile was the first of its kind flown from Vandenberg.”
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