cruise missile

noun
a winged guided missile designed to deliver a conventional or nuclear warhead by flying at low altitudes to avoid detection by radar.
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cruise missile
 
n
an air-breathing low-flying subsonic missile that is continuously powered and guided throughout its flight and carries a warhead

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cruise missile definition


A military missile equipped with an onboard computer that allows it to guide itself on a preprogrammed course over long distances by sensing the terrain and comparing it to maps stored in its memory. (See smart weapons.)

Note: Cruise missiles first came into public awareness during the Persian Gulf War.
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Example sentences
It is not the conventional cruise missile you think you know.
But since it's a stealth cruise missile, you might not ever know you're in its
  sights.
One is the cruise missile--a bomb with wings and an engine.
He designed the warhead for both the high-yield aerial bomb and the
  ground-launched cruise missile.
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