Projectile definition

prə-jĕktəl, -tīl
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A fired, thrown, or otherwise propelled object, such as a bullet, having no capacity for self-propulsion.
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A self-propelled missile, such as a rocket.
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Capable of being impelled or hurled forward.
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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.

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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.

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Driving forward; impelling.

A projectile force.

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(zoology) Capable of being thrust outward; protrusile.
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An object designed to be hurled or shot forward, as a cannon shell or rocket.
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Anything thrown forward.
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Designed to be hurled forward, as a javelin.
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Hurling forward.

Projectile force.

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(zool.) That can be thrust out, as a tentacle.
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An object intended to be or having been fired from a weapon.
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(physics) Any object propelled through space by the application of a force.
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Projecting or impelling forward.

A projectile force; a projectile weapon.

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Caused or imparted by impulse or projection; impelled forward.

Projectile motion.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

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projectile
Plural:
projectiles

Origin of projectile

  • New Latin proiectile neuter of prōiectilis that can be thrown from Latin prōiectus past participle of prōicere to throw out project

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin prōiectilis (“projectile"), from Latin prōiectus, perfect passive participle of prōiciō (“throw forth; extend; expel").

    From Wiktionary