- 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.
missile definition by Webster's New World
- that can be, or is, thrown or shot, as from a gun
- Rare throwing or shooting missiles
Origin: Classical Latin missilis ; from missus: see mission
missile definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An object or weapon that is fired, thrown, dropped, or otherwise projected at a target; a projectile.
- A guided missile.
- A ballistic missile.
Origin: Latin, from neuter of missilis, able to be thrown, from missus, past participle of mittere, to let go, throw.