from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A projectile that assumes a free-falling trajectory after an internally guided, self-powered ascent.
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- n. A missile that is initially guided, but then follows a ballistic (freely falling) trajectory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rocket-propelled missile of long range which is guided only during the powered portion of its flight, which usually takes only a small part of the total flight time; -- contrasted with
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target
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The following week, after reviewing a variety of options about where and how it should be based, I decided to order deployment of the still-under-development MX Peacekeeper long-range intercontinental ballistic missile ICBM in underground silos at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming.
The United States was sanctioning one after another of China’s military-industrial complex companies, such as NORINCO, for providing ballistic missile equipment and technology to Iran, in violation of our statutes.
Less clear were the activities of Russian firms, such as Energomash, which had important contractual relationships with Iran, but which also denied currently assisting Iran’s ballistic missile program.
Despite its undulating, bloblike appearance, the balloon shot into the clouds like a ballistic missile as soon as the ropes were released.