Ballistic-missile definition

A projectile that assumes a free-falling trajectory after an internally guided, self-powered ascent.
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A long-range missile that is propelled to high speed and may be guided for a part of its flight, but is a free-falling object as it approaches its target.
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(weaponry) A missile that is initially guided, but then follows a ballistic (freely falling) trajectory.
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Noun

Singular:
ballistic-missile
Plural:
ballistic-missiles