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warhead

[wawr-hed] /ˈwɔrˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the forward section of a self-propelled missile, bomb, torpedo, or the like, containing the explosive, chemical, or atomic charge.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; war1 + head
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  • Although the warhead weighs less than two pounds, high precision increases its lethality.
  • In more halcyon days, these were the targets for a multiple-warhead anti-armor self-foraging projectile.
  • But a warhead is a warhead, whatever the range for firing it.
  • It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets.
  • When a warhead detonates, it squeezes the deuterium and tritium until they fuse together.
  • However, your comment infers that the only thing worth putting on a missile is a nuclear warhead.
  • Each had a file attached, as doom-laden as a warhead.
  • The warhead is housed during its ascent in a protective shell called a bus.
  • The big changes were in the control system and in the development of a detachable warhead.
  • The warhead impacts the outer armor of the tank, squashing its deformable plastic explosive head against the outer armor.
British Dictionary definitions for warhead

warhead

/ˈwɔːˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the part of the fore end of a missile or projectile that contains explosives
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Word Origin and History for warhead
n.

1898, "explosive part of a torpedo," from war + head (n.). Later transferred to any missile (1944).

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