projectile[prō jek′təl, prə-; also, chiefly Brit & Cdn, -tīl′]
- The definition of a projectile is something that is propelled through great force.
When a toddler violently throws up and vomits all over the room, this is an example of projectile vomit.
- A projectile is defined as something that is propelled or shot through the air, or a special type of missile that is fired from a gun or rocket.
- A paper airplane flying through the air is an example of a projectile.
- An example of a projectile is a missile that you put into a rocket and fire at your enemies.
- an object designed to be hurled or shot forward, as a cannon shell or rocket
- anything thrown forward
Origin of projectileFrench ; from Classical Latin projectus: see project and amp; -ile
- designed to be hurled forward, as a javelin
- hurling forward: projectile force
- Zool. that can be thrust out, as a tentacle
- A fired, thrown, or otherwise propelled object, such as a bullet, having no capacity for self-propulsion.
- A self-propelled missile, such as a rocket.
- Capable of being impelled or hurled forward.
- Driving forward; impelling: a projectile force.
- Zoology Capable of being thrust outward; protrusile.
Origin of projectileNew Latin proiectile, neuter of prōiectilis, that can be thrown, from Latin prōiectus, past participle of prōicere, to throw out; see project .
- an object intended to be or having been fired from a weapon.
- (physics) any object propelled through space by the application of a force.
- Projecting or impelling forward.
- a projectile force; a projectile weapon
- Caused or imparted by impulse or projection; impelled forward.
- projectile motion
From Medieval Latin prÅiectilis (“projectile"), from Latin prÅiectus, perfect passive participle of prÅiciÅ (“throw forth; extend; expel").