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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun missile:

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Definition of the noun missile

What does missile mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: missiles

  1. a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: projectile / rocket = any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine; arm / weapon / weapon system = any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
    • more specific terms:
      • air-to-air missile = a missile designed to be launched from one airplane at another
      • air-to-surface missile / air-to-ground missile = a missile designed to be launched from an airplane at a target on the ground
      • ballistic missile = a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target
      • guided missile = a rocket-propelled missile whose path can be controlled during flight either by radio signals or by internal homing devices
      • heat-seeking missile = a missile with a guidance system that directs it toward targets emitting infrared radiation
      • sidewinder = air-to-air missile with infrared homing device
    • parts:
      • nose = a front that resembles a human nose
      • vane = a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
  2. a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of missile: projectile
    • more generic terms: arm / weapon / weapon system = any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
    • more specific terms:
      • arrow = a projectile with a straight thin shaft and an arrowhead on one end and stabilizing vanes on the other
      • throwing stick / throw stick / boomerang = a curved piece of wood
      • bullet / slug = a projectile that is fired from a gun
      • cannon ball / cannonball / round shot = a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
      • dart = a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot
      • seeker = a missile equipped with a device that is attracted toward some kind of emission
      • pellet / shot = a solid missile discharged from a firearm
      • spitball = a projectile made by chewing a piece of paper and shaping it into a sphere

Alternative definition of the noun missile


  1. An object intended to be launched into the air at a target.
  2. [military] A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after having been launched.


Missile is a fictional character and a major character of the Nintendo DS video game Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective.


"Missile" is a 1987 American documentary film by Frederick Wiseman. It chronicles the 14 week training course for the men and women of the United States Air Force who are charged with manning the ICBM silos in remote places like Minot AFB and Whiteman AFB. The film shows discussions of the ethics of nuclear war, shows scenes from the daily lives of trainees, and shows demonstrations of training exercises such as counterterrorism, the launching of nuclear missiles, the command and control process, and basic military training. Most scenes in the film are of classroom training, interspersed with exercises in training facilities. The film includes a scene of an Air Force church service memorial for the astronauts killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.


"Missile" is a song by IAMX from the album Kiss + Swallow. It was released in 2005 as a promo single with another track "This Will Make You Love Again". The latter appeared on his 2006 album The Alternative.


Who is Missile?

Missile is a musical artist.

  • profession: Musician
  • member of musical group Razors Edge (Bass guitar) since

Phrases with Missile

Phrases starting with the word Missile:

  1. Missile Silo
  2. missile defence system
  3. missile defense system

Phrases ending with the word Missile:

  1. naval missile
  2. cruise missile
  3. guided missile
  4. Patriot Missile
  5. ballistic missile
  6. air-to-air missile
  7. Puposyrnola Missile
  8. heat-seeking missile
  9. air-to-ground missile
  10. antiballistic missile
  11. air-to-surface missile
  12. surface-to-air missile
  13. Species Puposyrnola Missile

Other phrases containing the word Missile:

  1. guided missile cruiser
  2. guided missile frigate
  3. Steely-eyed missile man
  4. guided missile destroyer

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Missile

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Google previewScience & Technology For Upsc (2007)

by Singh

Agni Missile System The Agni missile is an IRBM developed under the IGMDP. It was first tested at the Interim Test Range in Chandipur in 1989, and is capable of carrying a conventional payload of 1000 kg or a nuclear warhead. It consists of ...

Google previewThe Law of Targeting (2012)

by William H. Boothby

A missile is a self—propelled unmanned weapon, launched from aircraft, warships, or land—based launchers, and that is...

Google previewIndian Defence Review (2008)

April - June 2007 by Bharat Verma

The 'hit-to-kill' PAC-3 Missile is the world's...

Google previewArmored Cav (1994)

by Tom Clancy

The Hughes Stinger missile is a dramatic improvement in man-portable anti- aircraft weaponry. As a starter, Stinger's seeker head is cooled (using a compressed gas cartridge) before launch, to make it more sensitive to infrared radiation: It can ...

Google previewAdvanced Public Speaking (2016)

A Leader's Guide by Michael Hostetler, Mary Kahl

The Standard Missile is a defensive missile, but it does not use that portion of it which is associated with the atmosphere. meDia Questioner: [Inaudible.] General CartwriGht: The debris reenters. What we are looking for is to catch it here very ...

Google previewGallium Arsenide, Electronics Materials and Devices. A Strategic Study of Markets, Technologies and Companies Worldwide 1999-2004 (2000)

by R. Szweda

The Brimstone missile is a variant being developed by GEC for use by UK Armed Forces.

Google previewThe Revolt Against the Masses (2002)

And Other Essays on Politics and Public Policy by Aaron Wildavsky

The recent controversy over the Safeguard antiballistic missile is a classic case in point. Thus the advocates of Abm — people who in the past were likely to be great believers in the prevailing American doctrine of nuclear deterrence — have ...

Google previewGeneralized Voronoi Diagram: A Geometry-Based Approach to Computational Intelligence (2008)

by Marina L. Gavrilova

A missile is a highly decentralized system; there is no hierarchy or no means of peer communication. It has a very limited level of intelligence. In nature, simple or - ganisms make changes to the environment to communicate and accomplish ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Space Technology, Revised Edition (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

guidance system A system that evaluates flight information; correlates it with target or destination data; determines the desired flight path of the missile, spacecraft, or aerospace vehicle; and communicates the necessary commands ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Politics (2002)

by David Robertson

The USSR had been seeking nuclear parity with the USA ever since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, and could not hope to achieve this if the USA was to continue increasing its missile stock. Even given this no agreement could have been ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Politics (2004)

by David Robertson

The USSR had been seeking nuclear parity with the USA ever since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, and could not hope to achieve this if the USA was to continue increasing its missile stock. Even given this no agreement could have been ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Pho-Z, pages 2049-3050 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

guided surface-to-air missile (SAM) or air-to-air missile (AAM) is to reduce the ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of System Safety (2011)

Definition of Terms and Concepts by Clifton A. Ericson, II

such as the Minuteman Missile System, SRAM missile system, ALCM missile system, Morgantown People Mover system, 757/767 aircraft, B-1A bomber, AWACS system, Boeing BOECOM system, EPRI solar power system, and the Apollo ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the United States Navy (2011)

by Patricia M. Kearns

or Gun Cruiser Guided Missile Cruiser (obsolete) Battlecruiser (obsolete) Battlecruiser (obsolete) or Command Ship Guided Missile Cruiser Guided Missile Cruiser, Nuclear-powered Light Cruiser ...

Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

The Titan II was a liquid-propellant, two-stage, intercontinental ballistic missile that was guided toitstarget by an all-inertial guidance andcontrol system. This missile, designated as LGM-25C, was equipped with a nuclear warhead and ...

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Quotes about Missile

This is the night to go to the theatre, like Abraham Lincoln. (John F. Kennedy)
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Scrabble value of M3I1S1S1I1L1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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