ballistic missile

noun Rocketry.
any missile that, after being launched and possibly guided during takeoff, travels unpowered in a ballistic trajectory.

Origin:
1950–55

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

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We need to begin building an anti-ballistic missile system now.
The launch site also test the ballistic missile and anti-satellite missile.
Using a long-range ballistic missile to do the job would be risky, as its launch could be mistaken for an imminent nuclear strike.
Investments in technologies such as ballistic missile defense also have a role to play in managing nuclear threats.
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