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[buh-lis-tiks] /bəˈlɪs tɪks/
noun, (usually used with a singular verb)
the science or study of the motion of projectiles, as bullets, shells, or bombs.
the art or science of designing projectiles for maximum flight performance.
1745-55; see ballistic, -ics
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[bal-uh-stish-uh n] /ˌbæl əˈstɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ballistician


(functioning as sing) the study of the flight dynamics of projectiles, either through the interaction of the forces of propulsion, the aerodynamics of the projectile, atmospheric resistance, and gravity (exterior ballistics), or through these forces along with the means of propulsion, and the design of the propelling weapon and projectile (interior ballistics)
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Word Origin and History for ballistician
1753, from L. ballista "ancient military machine for hurling stones," from Gk. ballistes, from ballein "to throw, to throw so as to hit," also in a looser sense, "to put, place, lay;" from PIE base *gwele- "to throw, reach," in extended senses "to pierce" (cf. Skt. apa-gurya "swinging," balbaliti "whirls, twirls;" Gk. bole "a throw, beam, ray," belemnon "dart, javelin," belone "needle"). Here, too, probably belongs Gk. ballizein "to dance," lit. "to throw one's body," ancient Gk. dancing being highly athletic.
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ballistician in Science
The scientific study of the characteristics of projectiles, such as bullets or missiles, and the way they move in flight.
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