from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fired, thrown, or otherwise propelled object, such as a bullet, having no capacity for self-propulsion.
- n. A self-propelled missile, such as a rocket.
- adj. Capable of being impelled or hurled forward.
- adj. Driving forward; impelling: a projectile force.
- adj. Zoology Capable of being thrust outward; protrusile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an object intended to be or having been fired from a weapon.
- n. any object propelled through space by the application of a force.
- adj. In the manner of something fired from a weapon.
- adj. Designed to discharge projectiles towards its target.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Projecting or impelling forward.
- adj. Caused or imparted by impulse or projection; impelled forward.
- n. A body projected, or impelled forward, by force; especially, a missile adapted to be shot from a firearm.
- n. A part of mechanics which treats of the motion, range, time of flight, etc., of bodies thrown or driven through the air by an impelling force.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Impelling, throwing, driving, or shooting forward: as, a projectile force.
- Caused by impulse; impelled or driven forward.
- In zoology, capable of being thrust forward or protruded, as the jaws of a fish; protrusile.
- n. A body projected, or impelled forward by force, particularly through the air.
- n. Specifically, a missile intended to be projected from a cannon by the explosive force of gunpowder or some similar agent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
- n. a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
- adj. impelling or impelled forward
If this wasn't about arbitrary exclusion at the core of it, no one would be arguing about which sort of tension driven projectile is sufficiently technologically backward to count.
SD Bob, while I can't argue with the point that if something is double lunged it WILL die, I will say that it is less likely that an arrow will go through both lungs in comparison to a projectile from a rifle or shotgun.
Go with at least a .277 dia with a 150+ grain projectile with good terminal ballistics characteristics: mass retention and expansion (see Barnes or Nosler)
Now, enlightened to what the utility of that extra powder is for, I use a 200 grain projectile, and drive it just 300 fps slower.
Follow me on this … They fire a projectile from a ship 40 miles off shore at a very high velocity - maybe it should take 5 minutes to impact.
In the short story “Small World” (1978), by Bob Shaw, for example, a projectile is described as travelling across a cylindrical space habitat along an S-shaped trajectory.
Very often, I won't even care what shape my projectile is (I'll just assume it to be a point-mass).
For example, if I want to come up with a general theory of projectile motion, I don't have much need for information about what my projectile is made of or how much it costs or what color it is.
Unlike current Taser guns, this projectile is fired out of a shotgun.
The biggest change you're going to see is the way in which we launch a projectile from a barrel.
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