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intercontinental ballistic missile

noun
1.
any supersonic missile that has a range of at least 3500 nautical miles (6500 km) and follows a ballistic trajectory after a powered, guided launching.
Abbreviation: ICBM, I.C.B.M.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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intercontinental ballistic missile

/ˌɪntəˌkɒntɪˈnɛntəl/
noun
1.
a missile that follows a ballistic trajectory and has the range to carry a nuclear bomb over 5500 km ICBM
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intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)

A missile with a long range (five thousand miles or more) that carries nuclear warheads and can be launched from the ground or from submarines. (See also MIRV.)

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