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cruise missile

noun
1.
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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Examples for cruise missile
  • 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.
  • He designed the warhead for both the high yield aerial bomb and the ground launched cruise missile.
British Dictionary definitions for cruise missile

cruise missile

noun
1.
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 in Culture

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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