projectile

[pruh-jek-til, -tahyl]
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:
1655–65; < Neo-Latin, neuter of prōjectilis (adj.) projecting. See project, -ile

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projectile (prəˈdʒɛktaɪl)
 
n
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
 
adj
4.  capable of being or designed to be hurled forwards
5.  projecting or thrusting forwards
6.  zoology another word for protrusile
 
[C17: from New Latin prōjectilis jutting forwards]

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projectile
1665, from Mod.L. projectilis, from L. projectus, pp. of proicere (see project).
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Example sentences
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.
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