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projectile

[pruh-jek-til, -tahyl] /prəˈdʒɛk tɪl, -taɪl/
noun
1.
an object fired from a gun with an explosive propelling charge, such as a bullet, shell, rocket, or grenade.
2.
a body projected or impelled forward, as through the air.
adjective
3.
impelling or driving forward, as a force.
4.
caused by impulse, as motion.
5.
capable of being impelled forward, as a missile.
6.
Zoology. protrusile, as the jaws of a fish.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < New Latin, neuter of prōjectilis (adj.) projecting. See project, -ile
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  • The intention was to get close, fire a projectile into the surface and grab some of the ensuing dust.
  • Scientists can then predict when an impact event occurred and the size of the projectile.
  • Initial examinations found cut marks on the bones, and a projectile point made of bone was embedded in one of the mastodon's ribs.
  • Such information could prove invaluable if it became necessary to nudge the projectile from its path.
  • Well, suppose this is real physics and real projectile motion.
  • The velocity alone can make a loose bolt the equivalent of a rail gun projectile.
  • First, it shows that the horizontal and vertical motion in projectile motion are independent.
  • When the projectile exits slam the door shut and redirect the radioactive steam back underground.
  • Of course there are cases where projectile points have been found embedded in mammoth bones.
  • It is supposed to show that the vertical and horizontal components of an object in projectile motion are independent.
British Dictionary definitions for projectile

projectile

/prəˈdʒɛktaɪl/
noun
1.
an object or body thrown forwards
2.
any self-propelling missile, esp one powered by a rocket or the rocket itself
3.
any object that can be fired from a gun, such as a bullet or shell
adjective
4.
capable of being or designed to be hurled forwards
5.
projecting or thrusting forwards
6.
(zoology) another word for protrusile
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin prōjectilis jutting forwards
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Word Origin and History for projectile
n.

1660s, from Modern Latin projectilis, from Latin proiectus, past participle of proicere (see project (n.)). Projectile vomiting attested from 1985.

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