missile[mis′əl; chiefly Brit, -īl′]
- The definition of a missile is something that's able to be launched, fired or shot into the air or at a target.
An example of a missile is a rocket.
A missile being launched.
- that can be, or is, thrown or shot, as from a gun
- Rare throwing or shooting missiles
Origin of missileClassical Latin missilis ; from missus: see mission
- An object or weapon that is fired, thrown, dropped, or otherwise projected at a target; a projectile.
- A guided missile.
- A ballistic missile.
Origin of missileLatin, from neuter of missilis, able to be thrown, from missus, past participle of mittere, to let go, throw.
From Latin missilis (“that may be thrown”), neuter missile (“a weapon to be thrown, a javelin”), in plural missilia (“presents thrown among the people by the emperors”), from mittere (“to send”).