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ballistic missile

noun, Rocketry.
1.
any missile that, after being launched and possibly guided during takeoff, travels unpowered in a ballistic trajectory.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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British Dictionary definitions for ballistic missile

ballistic missile

noun
1.
a missile that has no wings or fins and that follows a ballistic trajectory when its propulsive power is discontinued
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