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 (â€œthat may be thrownâ€), neuter missile (â€œa weapon to be thrown, a javelinâ€), in plural missilia (â€œpresents thrown among the people by the emperorsâ€), from mittere (â€œto sendâ€).