ballistic

[buh-lis-tik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to ballistics.
2.
having its motion determined or describable by the laws of exterior ballistics.
Idioms
3.
go ballistic, Informal. to become overwrought or irrational: went ballistic over the idea of a tax hike.

Origin:
1765–75; ballist(a) + -ic

ballistically, adverb
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ballistic (bəˈlɪstɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to ballistics
2.  denoting or relating to the flight of projectiles after power has been cut off, moving under their own momentum and the external forces of gravity and air resistance
3.  (of a measurement or measuring instrument) depending on a brief impulse or current that causes a movement related to the quantity to be measured: a ballistic pendulum
4.  informal go ballistic to become enraged or frenziedly violent
5.  (of materials) strong enough to resist damage by projectile weapons: ballistic nylon
 
bal'listically
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

ballistic
1775, ult. from Gk. ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Of rockets or missiles, from 1949. Ballistic missile first attested 1954, attained extreme heights, hence figurative expression go ballistic (1981) "become irrationally angry."
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Idioms & Phrases

ballistic

see go ballistic.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
First it appears that you are going ballistic over a mere typo.
Intercontinental ballistic missiles depend on rocketry.
But the ballistic roll is a bit uncontrolled, so it is not useful for everyday
  locomotion.
The tough ballistic bottom helps protect it when something rubs it the wrong
  way.
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